This is from the Skeptics.SE front page, but it is affecting all sites.

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The real answer rate is around 88%; it has recently started being reported incorrectly.

Stop Press: The first fix to the issue has changed it to -88%:

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Thanks to Sklivvz for the image; sorry we didn't have time to hand-draw the circle.


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There was an API glitch here showing the inverse number of what was intended. It just now showed up because we just finished moving everything internally off APIv1 and onto APIv2.

The bug is fixed, but the ad is cached for an hour...so it will take a bit for the fix to show up.

Update: now it's actually fixed, and the stats are updated. The percentages may still be off vs the unanswered tab as the API doesn't exclude closed questions, checking with Monty to see if that's intentional or not, we'll update it if needed.

  • Are there any other components which uses API?
    – Martin.
    Commented Mar 9, 2012 at 11:26
  • @Martin - Yes, we are the biggest consumer of our API - we dogfood heavily. Commented Mar 9, 2012 at 11:35
  • why do you do so? Is it easier for you to call API instead of calling function?
    – Martin.
    Commented Mar 9, 2012 at 11:38
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    Uh, I suspect the fix isn't working. We are now at -88%. We'll never graduate at this rate :-) Commented Mar 9, 2012 at 12:33
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    Yes it is even more wrong now... -185% here on Travel SE Commented Mar 9, 2012 at 12:52
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    -156% on Linguistics. :D
    – Alenanno
    Commented Mar 9, 2012 at 13:04
  • Movies isn't as bad, showing -86%
    – Tablemaker
    Commented Mar 9, 2012 at 13:07
  • The "glitch" now has worsened. No really.
    – Sklivvz
    Commented Mar 9, 2012 at 14:02
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    It means you have too many questions in your answers, perhaps editing can fix that?</sarcasm>
    – user7116
    Commented Mar 9, 2012 at 14:10
  • @Alenanno Writers is at -263%.
    – LarsTech
    Commented Mar 9, 2012 at 15:32
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    @Oddthinking - you guys should really answer more questions, that's a horrible answer rate. Commented Mar 9, 2012 at 15:33
  • @Nick: First, thanks for the fix! Are you suggesting our new figure of (gulp) 82% is "horrible"? Area 51 is putting us at "90% Excellent"; the discrepancy is likely because of the high proportion of questions in the closed state. Second, it's a topic that has been researched before. Skeptics.SE have a culture of high-quality, high-effort answers; this figure belies the fact that 90% of opened questions have pretty damned good answers! Commented Mar 9, 2012 at 16:19
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    @Oddthinking I think you missed the sarcasm. I read that as a response to your "We are now at -88%" comment =) Commented Mar 9, 2012 at 16:41
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    @jadarnel27: Darn it. My first draft of the comment didn't fit in the character limit, but it apologised if I was missing the sarcasm. The timeline seems to suggest he made the comment afterwards, but "Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself." Maybe I am a bit sensitive about the topic. Commented Mar 9, 2012 at 17:23

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