It took me a long time before I figured out what the two different number columns on the tag-stats page meant. There is also a question about it here on meta.

I suggest that a legend for the columns should be added somewhere on the page, to improve the usability.


If you hover over the numbers, it summarizes at what each number represents. The left column is "total score", which is a value equal to upvotes - downvotes on all non-CW answers where upvotes > downvotes. The right column is "number of answers provided", which is the number of answers posted that qualify for your score; it shows how many non-CW questions have positive score.

A legend may help usability better, perhaps. All I know is that the hover is quite consistent with a fair amount of the rest of the numbers on the site. I've never been to that page before, so I just guessed to hover in order to figure what they were.

  • I'm pretty sure "total score" is phrased that way because it's the total of upvotes minus downvotes.
    – Jon Seigel
    Apr 27 '10 at 15:56
  • Thanks. I still find it can be a bit confusing. Score just as easily implies votes as it does reputation.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Apr 27 '10 at 15:58
  • Thanks, I hadn't discovered this.
    – Jonas
    Apr 27 '10 at 16:03
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    Yeah, that's true. It may be a bit of an artifact due to Meta discussion about terminology. Maybe my recent discussion should have been a feature request. ;)
    – Jon Seigel
    Apr 27 '10 at 16:04
  • I think it's bad design to rely on tooltips for a page to make sense, and two columns of unlabelled numbers does not make sense.
    – skaffman
    Aug 30 '10 at 17:15

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