Does anyone have any neat statistics about Stack Overflow? I've been tracking (for the last 2.5 months):

Questions are linearly growing, and featured are all over the place.

Anything else that you've been tracking? Or any other statistics on the site that would be good to track?

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    The linearity of that first graph is interesting. Stackoverflow's user base grows, but so does the answer database. Can it really be that these things balance out, thus resulting in a near constant questions/week rate? Seems remarkable to me.
    – Stephan202
    Oct 31, 2009 at 8:53
  • The more users also means the increase in number of dups or 'close-able' posts. That's my deduction. Anyway, nice piece of stats work done by Paul. :)
    – o.k.w
    Oct 31, 2009 at 10:18
  • Yeah, it was surprising to me too. Do you know a page that shows the # of answers that I can graph too? (Or just make the graph using webnumbr yourself) Oct 31, 2009 at 10:19

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Are you aware that there is a public data dump? It is released once a month and a couple of use have setup sites, blogged about it, and posted graphs into questions & answers here on MSO.

Search for the tag data-dump

  • Great! You can clean lots of things once a month, but I like seeing the daily changes too. Like the plateaus over the weekend in my graphs. Is there an online version with stats on a webpage displaying hourly? Oct 31, 2009 at 18:48
  • clean -> glean... yeah... Oct 31, 2009 at 20:10
  • I've been aware of the weekend plateaus from the first dump in June. And the hourly plateaus. It is even possible to focus in on a single user's answering patterns. A near-real-time stream it is not. But the dumps are very, very detailed and easy to get interesting numbers from. Oct 31, 2009 at 20:16

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