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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. – Shadow The Curly Braced Wizard Dec 16 '14 at 14:00
  • Try here – Isiah Meadows Dec 16 '14 at 14:01
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    Nope. No site, and even weirder, it's not on Area 51. Weird! – Shadow The Curly Braced Wizard Dec 16 '14 at 14:05
  • There's no Japanese SO on the list!? – 54D Dec 16 '14 at 15:25
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    It's official now. jp.so is older than Jesus. – John Dvorak Dec 16 '14 at 16:00
  • Okay. This is just weird. And AFAIK it does, given Stack Exchange's latest blog post. – Isiah Meadows Dec 16 '14 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! – Shadow The Curly Braced Wizard Dec 17 '14 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 Dec 21 '14 at 19:03
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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. – Gilles Dec 17 '14 at 13:41
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    @Gilles Why must you spoil the fun? ;) – Isiah Meadows Dec 17 '14 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 Dec 17 '14 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! – Gilles Dec 17 '14 at 17:26
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    6-8 weeks until it will be fixed then? – Shadow The Curly Braced Wizard Dec 20 '14 at 20:07
  • Still waiting on this to be adjusted. – Eric Jan 5 '15 at 1:11
  • @ShadowWizard 6-8 weeks. Or three. But who's counting? – jmac Jan 5 '15 at 5:50
  • @jmac eh, thanks for fixing! ;-) – Shadow The Curly Braced Wizard Jan 5 '15 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 Nov 12 '18 at 12:09
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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? – Isiah Meadows Jan 5 '15 at 7:37
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    @impinball I don't know, that's a good question. – doppelgreener Jan 5 '15 at 7:38
  • Especially given that I just saw the same thing on a phone? – Isiah Meadows Jan 5 '15 at 7:41
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    @impinball I've asked here: meta.stackexchange.com/q/246585/152515 – doppelgreener Jan 5 '15 at 7:55
  • @impinball Moot point; the tags shown in red, like (status-something), are moderator-only. – user259867 Jan 5 '15 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? – doppelgreener Jan 5 '15 at 8:02
  • Yes, it is -- I just tried it to confirm. – user259867 Jan 5 '15 at 8:04
  • @Fundamental true enough; I just did the same. Thanks. – doppelgreener Jan 5 '15 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 Jan 5 '15 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 Jan 6 '15 at 15:44
  • @ento That makes sense too -- clearly I should have done my homework first. Thanks for the save! – jmac Jan 6 '15 at 23:50
  • @jmac Visits/day just kicked into gear sometime in the past hour or two. \o/ All is well now. – doppelgreener Jan 6 '15 at 23:58

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