When I use the Stack Exchange Data Explorer (SEDE), the results I get don't reflect recent activity. Sometimes the data I get back are two months out of date. What's wrong?

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SEDE does not query the production database in real time. It queries a data dump that is updated weekly.

Updates used to be monthly, and manual. For real-time data, Jeff suggests using the API; see Stack Apps for more information about that.

Note that the SEDE data dump is not the same thing as the Creative Commons data dumps.

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    Why isn't it updated more often? I presume you do database backups; restoring the backups should be part of the process to ensure that the backups are usable and complete. Couldn't those restorations power the SEDE site? Apr 30, 2012 at 21:25
  • @MarkRansom SEDE's data are not an exact snapshot of the live data, for example votes are anonymized before the data find their way into SEDE.
    – yannis
    May 1, 2012 at 2:18
  • @YahooAnswersenthusiast, you could probably achieve that by exposing views rather than the raw tables. May 1, 2012 at 2:22

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