In the blog that was just published: Stack Gives Back 2021 the total of the donations is off by 6. When adding up all the amounts mentioned per organisation the total comes to $55,694 instead of $55,700.

I know that usually the donation for mods that don't make a choice is divided between the organisations, which could lead to a small rounding error, but I find $6 a rather large error in this case.

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    It'ss supposed to be a hundred per moderator (55700 by 557 moderators), but some donations are rounder than others. It's not clear how the division of the remainder of the moderators that didn't reply happened.
    – Mast
    Jan 13, 2022 at 14:54
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    The 6 dollars might be the total of transaction fees, but that's a guess at best.
    – Mast
    Jan 13, 2022 at 14:55
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    Gave it a status-review, because the blog probably should either use correct numbers or have an explanation of why things don't add up ;)
    – Tinkeringbell Mod
    Jan 13, 2022 at 15:41
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    It's also off by 1 ... Currently there are 558 moderators volunteering their time across the Stack Exchange network. (of course, 'caching')
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Jan 13, 2022 at 15:50
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    This should be migrated to Mathematica.SE :P
    – SPArcheon
    Jan 13, 2022 at 15:57
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    @SPArcheon not to Money.SE?
    – VLAZ
    Jan 13, 2022 at 20:02
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    The Girls Who Code link is broken too, href is set to http://$8,427 [Girls Who Code](https://www.girlswhocode.com/ Jan 13, 2022 at 20:17
  • @JNat, what is status-deferred meaning in this case?
    – Luuklag
    Jan 14, 2022 at 19:17
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    @Luuklag ... maybe deferred until a new calculator gets delivered? Jan 14, 2022 at 19:20
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    I passed it along to someone who can fix this, @Luuklag, but since I haven't heard back from 'em yet, I decided to go with deferred instead of planned ;)
    – JNat StaffMod
    Jan 17, 2022 at 12:25

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Unfortunately, I made a typo in the reported amounts on the blog post. Thanks for catching that! The mistake was with UNICEF which originally had $6,160 reported. The actual donated amount however, was $6,166, which has been verified with our finance team. This amount has been corrected on the blog post as well.

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    How did we end up with odd numbers like that anyway?
    – Laurel
    Jan 19, 2022 at 16:15
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    @Laurel: We surveyed all the mods about which of the selected charities they wanted their donation allocated to, but not all mods responded to the survey; the remaining amount allocated by the company for donations on behalf of those mods (who didn't respond) was equally divided among all the selected charities.
    – V2Blast
    Jan 19, 2022 at 17:30
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    @V2Blast: Then each moderator who didn't respond should have had $20 donated in his or her name to each of the five charities; if I recall correctly, each who did respond should have had $100 donated in his or her name to just one of the five charities: the total donated to each charity should therefore be a multiple of $20, as in previous years. Jan 22, 2022 at 18:38
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    @Scortchi-ReinstateMonica: Yeah, I realized that as well after another user pointed it out in a since-deleted comment. ...After doing some calculations, it looks like, for the donations on behalf of mods who didn't respond, we split their donations in proportions corresponding to how many of the mods who did respond chose each of those charities. (Juan can weigh in to confirm.)
    – V2Blast
    Jan 24, 2022 at 21:21

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