I took this screenshot just now, and got these interesting stats about the new Japanese Stack Overflow. I refreshed the page, went back, and nothing changed.

screenshot of Japanese stats

And, here's what I find odd:

  1. It clearly isn't almost 2014 years old. That's more likely when it was started.

  2. How can there be 8.7 questions a day, while there are 0 visits a day? That's kind of impossible.

I'm hoping here that it's not just me.

I know very limited Japanese, not even enough to hold a conversation with a toddler. I'm merely observing.

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    The site doesn't appear at all for me in the list. Commented Dec 16, 2014 at 14:00
  • Try here
    – Claudia
    Commented Dec 16, 2014 at 14:01
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    Nope. No site, and even weirder, it's not on Area 51. Weird! Commented Dec 16, 2014 at 14:05
  • There's no Japanese SO on the list!?
    – 54D
    Commented Dec 16, 2014 at 15:25
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    It's official now. jp.so is older than Jesus. Commented Dec 16, 2014 at 16:00
  • Okay. This is just weird. And AFAIK it does, given Stack Exchange's latest blog post.
    – Claudia
    Commented Dec 16, 2014 at 16:38
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    Finally I can see the site in there. That's a very aggressive caching... and a very unique bug! Commented Dec 17, 2014 at 9:13
  • I think it could be something with the different date formats used there, and the programmers whose task were to fix that, are soon on christmas leave.
    – peterh
    Commented Dec 21, 2014 at 19:03

2 Answers 2


Japan has a very long and storied history. Little known is that during the Yayoi era the Japanese invented computers, the internet, and yes, even Stack Overflow, but unfortunately the database became corrupted sometime during the Warring States era. That's why the stats seem wrong. What is certain, however, is that 8.7 questions/day over 2013 years makes Japanese Stack Overflow by far the biggest resource of programming questions on the internet.

Or alternatively, the numbers are a bit off because we didn't have an Area 51 proposal for this, and as a result it's being fixed.

I like the first explanation far more though.

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    Actually, 8.7 questions per day over 2013 years amounts to about 6.4M questions, which is 3/4 of the number of questions on English SO. Commented Dec 17, 2014 at 13:41
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    @Gilles Why must you spoil the fun? ;)
    – Claudia
    Commented Dec 17, 2014 at 14:42
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    Yeah, I'm with impinball here. I was on Cloud 9 thinking how much more awesome the Japanese site is than English due to its age, and then you shattered all my dreams.
    – jmac
    Commented Dec 17, 2014 at 15:04
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    Your next step should have been to point out that the q/day stat is for recent times (2 weeks IIRC) and find a good reason why ja.SO would have had more questions than en.SO after all. When someone nerds you out, don't whine, outnerd them! Commented Dec 17, 2014 at 17:26
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    6-8 weeks until it will be fixed then? Commented Dec 20, 2014 at 20:07
  • Still waiting on this to be adjusted.
    – Cat
    Commented Jan 5, 2015 at 1:11
  • @ShadowWizard 6-8 weeks. Or three. But who's counting?
    – jmac
    Commented Jan 5, 2015 at 5:50
  • @jmac eh, thanks for fixing! ;-) Commented Jan 5, 2015 at 5:55
  • Given that the first analogue computer was the Antikythera mechanism in Hellas at ~100BC, this answer could introduce a new hypothesis.. I am only concerned about the invention of SO that you stated . . . :)
    – gsamaras
    Commented Nov 12, 2018 at 12:09

This has been tagged , but the site stats still seem a little bit bugged out:

screenshot of the stats, problems explained below

Visits/day is still at 0.

Questions/day doesn't look right, unless 2/3 of the site's questions have been deleted. (Maybe they have been, since it's brand new.) The site does have only 574 questions. It is also just now beginning its 4th month, so let's count this as 3 months:

  • 3 months × 30 days/month (conservatively) × 16 questions/day = 1440 questions.
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    Should I untag it?
    – Claudia
    Commented Jan 5, 2015 at 7:37
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    @impinball I don't know, that's a good question. Commented Jan 5, 2015 at 7:38
  • Especially given that I just saw the same thing on a phone?
    – Claudia
    Commented Jan 5, 2015 at 7:41
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    @impinball I've asked here: meta.stackexchange.com/q/246585/152515 Commented Jan 5, 2015 at 7:55
  • @impinball Moot point; the tags shown in red, like (status-something), are moderator-only.
    – user259867
    Commented Jan 5, 2015 at 8:01
  • @Fundamental I thought it was only adding them that was moderator-only. I haven't tried removing them, but is that truly mod-only too? Commented Jan 5, 2015 at 8:02
  • Yes, it is -- I just tried it to confirm.
    – user259867
    Commented Jan 5, 2015 at 8:04
  • @Fundamental true enough; I just did the same. Thanks. Commented Jan 5, 2015 at 8:17
  • Pretty sure that the questions/day are being measured since December 2nd when the private beta started (574/35 = 16.4 questions/day). While the site is technically 4 months old, a lot of that time it was being tested and isn't counted. The rest of the stats, save visits/day, seem right (visits/day may require time to update).
    – jmac
    Commented Jan 5, 2015 at 15:07
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    @jmac Isn't the questions/day calculated as "per day on average over the last 2 weeks"? The numbers seem to match up: 227 questions in the past 2 weeks / 14 = 16.2 (on a side note, good thing the site is keeping up its pace)
    – ento
    Commented Jan 6, 2015 at 15:44
  • @ento That makes sense too -- clearly I should have done my homework first. Thanks for the save!
    – jmac
    Commented Jan 6, 2015 at 23:50
  • @jmac Visits/day just kicked into gear sometime in the past hour or two. \o/ All is well now. Commented Jan 6, 2015 at 23:58

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