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Is there a way to determine how/why when one of my posts on a network site suddenly starts getting unusual traction?

So one of my answers on a network site has suddenly attracted a few upvotes within a short span of time (within hours). This is an answer that I posted over a year ago, where it received most of its ...
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Should we really raise the better answers up by default?

Today I was reading something at philosophy site where they discussed about being an upvoted answer objectively true. Even when I can imagine it's not about being true but useful (which worked for ...
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How to keep drawing attention? [duplicate]

I am not familiar with the posting mechanism of SO. My questions are answered quickly most of the time. Recently, I've ran into some questions that are not very well known to people, or are too much ...
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Any data on how well-received formatted v. non-formatted answers tend to be?

Just curious. I've noticed: Answers with formatting (usually markdown; I don't see much HTML) tend to do a lot better than unformatted answers. And, even when a question uses formatting, the amount ...
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What tags are more popular at certain hours?

I was looking at this question: What is the best time to ask questions?, and the thought that popped into my mind was, are certain tags more popular in certain countries than other tags? For example, ...
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Is there any ranking process for chat rooms and find out which one is popular?

How can we check that which chat room is famous among the users and is there any ranking process for them on the basis of number of users or activity per days like that. Can I find that ranking of ...
Naresh Sharma's user avatar
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Stats for best times to visit SO

I visit SO at random times (weekdays, weekend, day, night) and often find that I'm sat waiting for new questions to come in. Is there a way I can run some stats to figure out when (day of week, time ...
Paul Fleming's user avatar
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Is it possible to see less popular questions by tag/week/month/year?

I was wondering whether it's possible to see the less popular questions by categories (tag, week, month, year). This question might have already been asked but I could not find it.
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Use Stack Overflow to measure hot languages

Is it possible to see which tags were the fastest growing in a certain period, say 2011? I see that C# is the most popular tag on Stack Overflow, but wondered if there were any tags that have come ...
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How aggressively should we maintain and improve very popular questions? [closed]

I was discussing this question on team chat: How do I perform an IF...THEN in an SQL SELECT? This question is a high value asset on the site it was posted, it already has 150k views, 120+ total votes ...
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Can we please stop closing perfectly good questions that the community enjoys?

I asked this question yesterday. It has 23 upvotes and 9 stars, which shows the community is enjoying it. It is about programming, about a very real problem (even though it is simplified for the sake ...
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Is the vetting process on Area 51 predisposed to plain-vanilla, populist sites?

It is a well-known fact that questions that are popular or easily understood get the most votes on Stack Overflow, by a large margin. Given this phenomenon, is it not true that the proposals that are ...
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How can I access history of a SO tag?

I'm interested in graphs showing the number of questions on given SO tag over time. Are these data available?
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Using Stack Overflow to track language popularity

I thought it would be a good idea to track a programming language's popularity by looking at Stack Overflow. I took 20 languages and counted the number of questions per language and put the results up ...
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