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Questions about sizes and other quantities of Stack Exchange sites, e.g. number of questions, GB/day transferred, etc.

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We're working on a new stat to help convey the reach of your posts here

We've got a new statistic on the shiny new Profile Page Prototype. It's not perfect yet. And we did a pretty crap job of explaining what it's all about! Let's talk. What you do here isn't just about ...
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What are the most upvoted/downvoted questions and answers on the sites?

What are the most downvoted questions and answers on Stack Overflow, Server Fault, Meta, and Super User history to date? Similarly, what are the most upvoted questions and answers on SO, SF, Meta, ...
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What data about meta has eluded Stack Exchange until recently?

In the recent blog post there is the following paragraph (emphasis mine): Opinions and feelings about the best way forward are extremely valid things to consider, but the devil is in the details ...
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Sizes and overlaps of communities on the sites

This might be totally useless, but I wanted to join the league of people who use the Google chart API and the data dump to create pretty pictures. So I took a look at the relative sizes of the "...
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How much bandwidth does SE eat up?

I recently saw this image posted in an answer on Meta by @Nick Craver ♦: I'm interested to know how much bandwidth (in total GB/TB) gets used on average each month for such a large site, and on which ...
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Has there been an increase in suspensions on MSE lately?

I have recently noticed several "high-rep"(1) users (who were pretty active over the past weeks and months) are currently suspended, adding to plenty of other suspensions I've noticed since October ...
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Stack Exchange Community Statistics

Many Meta users have asked for statistics that involve data that isn't available through the public data dumps (especially voting-related stats). In conjunction with the SE team, I will be bringing ...
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What interesting stats can I obtain from the Stack Overflow data-dump?

What interesting statistics have you discovered from analysing the Stack Overflow data-dump? Related: Blog post announcing the data-dump Direct link to the .torrent (original XML files) (2009-06) ...
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Where in the world do Stack Overflow users say they are from?

I wanted to know more about where in the world Stack Overflow users come from. Is there any way I could get more data for this? Are there any more maps or charts to further identify where users are ...
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Add a "number of active users" statistic

Both, Area 51 and stackexchange.com display the total number of users as one of the statistics available for each site. Area 51 additionally displays the number of avid users defined by meeting a ...
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2017: a year in spam

Last year, I posted 2016: a year in spam. Since that was pretty well-received, here’s the 2017 version. Ladies, gentlemen, aliens, and everyone in between: more statistics about spam that you never ...
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Are other sites (besides MSE) growing inactive?

Ever since Everything That Happened with Stack Exchange, it's understandable that many users are hesitant to get re-involved on SE. It's understandable that many users are deleting their own accounts,...
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Encouraging users to create an account (and keep it). Did it actually work?

Based on this post: Encouraging users to create an account (and keep it), and the fact that you need to create an account to ask questions on SO, now, after some time passed, did it really help? Are ...
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2016: a year in closing

A moderator asked me for data on the percentage of questions closed across all sites. This doesn't strike me as information that needs to be restricted to moderators, so for your idle enjoyment I ...
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2018: a year in spam

End-of-year posts seem to have become the tradition these days, so I'm back again with a third Year in Spam. Welcome back, folks, to another round of statistics you never needed to know. All times/...
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2020: a year in closing

I am thrilled to share that this year we are continuing a tradition started by Shog9 five years ago. Please welcome stats that highlight how many questions were closed on different Stack Exchange ...
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Three-vote close/reopen test - results

Three-vote close and reopen has been something I've been thinking about for ... a really long time. I'm really happy to finally be able to present the results of this test to you all. This post is ...
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2018: a year in closing

Continuing my sometimes-annual practice of posting these numbers, here is the information on how many questions were closed on various sites around the network in 2018: Site ...
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What can Stack Overflow do to persuade female programmers to participate more? [closed]

I know a lot of female programmers, and I know there are a good number of them out there. But I don't recall ever having one of my questions answered by, nor have I ever answered a question by a ...
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Show How Much Statistics Left Until Badge Can Be Earned

I think the title speaks for itself. It would help knowing 'what else needs to be done' in order to earn a certain badge level. For example, Strunk & White badge. It says "Edited 100 entries". It ...
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Has the change from 'closed' to 'on hold' actually helped encourage users to edit their held questions?

One of the (many) motivations for changing the question closing system was that the 'closed' terminology implied permanency, thus likely discouraging users from editing their posts after closure. Is ...
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2016: a year in spam

In the spirit of Shog9's recent post, "2016: A year in closing", I thought I'd do something similar for spam. Ladies and gentlemen, I present you with all the statistics about spam you never needed to ...
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Looking for stats related to possibly coordinated comments flagging

Related: Why was Robert Harvey suspended? I would like to get some statistics about comments of this user that were deleted in two weeks between October, 8 and October, 22. Specifically, I would want ...
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Are some SE web tracking beacons more important than others?

I'm starting to block lots of javascript trackers using the Ghostery browser extension for reasons. Currently Stack Exchange seems to be using the following tracking technologies across multiple ...
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What countries have the most Stack Overflow users per capita? [duplicate]

This is a follow-up to Where in the world do Stack Overflow users say they are from? As requested by Kyle Cronin, I've calculated the number of Stack Overflow users per capita. I'm making this a ...
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Stack Overflow stats graphs

Once the Stack Overflow data dump became available, I put together a data analysis script and created some graphs of SO activity and history. I thought this new meta site would be an appropriate place ...
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How much more bandwidth is eaten up by SE in 2020 compared to 2012?

Many years ago, I asked the question How much bandwidth does SE eat up? Nick Craver gave a detailed answer, and the short of it was a whopping 60TB of data per month! I'm wondering how has SE's ...
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Are there any observable effects of a "strike"?

Plenty of users were talking about "striking" lately, down to having a link to the first Meta question about the recent events in their profile like: I didn't call it that way, but went "pausing ...
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Is Stack Overflow a business success?

I'm interested to know if Stack Overflow earns money. If yes, how? Any statistics? Is it a good business model?
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Is there any data on how many users' IP addresses never look at their questions again?

Looking at a few random questions on Parenting, I noticed that many one-question users are never seen later than a few minutes after their questions were posted (confusingly, due to how the "seen" ...
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What's your Jon Skeet Number? [closed]

I was bored this afternoon and decided to do something with the stack overflow data dump. I defined a "Jon Skeet" number, similar to the Erdos Number. You can check your Jon Skeet Number here: http:/...
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Which sites appear most often in the Hot Network Questions list?

Is there any data about which Stack Exchange sites have their questions end up in the Hot Network Questions list the most? In particular: What percentage of hot network questions comes from each site?...
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How do I know if a beta Stack Exchange site is growing well?

There is a page for every beta SE site in area51 which indicates how healthy that specific site is in its beta phase. While this is a great feature, I think it would be more cool if there was a graph ...
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Can we have a (useless) statistics site?

Born out of curiosity arose the question "what was the fastest closing (on Meta)?", but unfortunately that question is not easy to answer. So another idea formed in my mind...can we get a site (like ...
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Has the abolition of Flag Weight affected flagging activity?

Out of idle curiosity - has the abolition of flag weight influenced flagging activity any? Even I feel like I'm missing the kick of gratification, and seem to be slightly less enthusiastic to cast ...
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Will yearly moderation statistics be published on all sites this year, and future years?

For the last couple years, at the beginning of every new year, Stack Exchange has posted annual moderation statistics on all meta sites in the network. These posts include a full table on how many of ...
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Has anyone tried to estimate Stack Overflow users skill by analyzing the data dumps?

Has there been any attempt to objectively estimate Stack Overflow users skill? If so, was any correlation between skill and reputation found? To make the question more precise, let's assume skill to ...
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Have voting patterns changed significantly after the recent change in voting button arrow style?

Two weeks ago on May 30, a change in the vote button style went live on the network. Instead of large triangles, there are now smaller triangles with larger circles around them and changed color ...
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How many questions are closed every day on Stack Overflow?

I really like the idea of Stack Overflow, but I was wondering if anyone knows that how many questions are being closed each day? And for which reasons, like duplicate of = ? off-topic because =? ...
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Add an audit log to record when particular question enters and leaves hot list [duplicate]

The Hot Network Questions page displays a constantly changing list of 100 questions, since it deals with time since recent activity. But are changes in this list ever recorded anywhere for posterity (...
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2017: a year in closing

Last year I posted some numbers on how many questions were closed on various sites around the network in the preceding year. This ended up being kinda handy to refer back to, so I'm gonna do it again: ...
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Flags average handling time ignores seconds, but shows seconds

The moderator tools shows something like: (This is the current monthly stats on Code Review) However, I have yet to see the "seconds" value showing anything else than "0 seconds", which indicates ...
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Why are stats not public information?

According to the accepted answer to this question, moderators are not allowed to disclose any visitor stats related to Stack Exchange sites or affiliated blogs: Don't show the actual numbers, but ...
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What is the impact of the recent changes to how Hot Network Questions work?

It's been almost two months since some major changes were made to the Hot Network Questions (HNQ), including a timeline event when a post hits HNQ, a (configurable) maximum number of questions each ...
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Graph of tag popularity on stats page

I think it would be cool if we could see the growth of the number of question/amount of activity of various tags as a graph on the stats page.
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Some statistics from the Stack Overflow moderator election results [closed]

I did some number crunching on the moderator election results to see how closely they lined up with the rankings in the moderator nomination thread. I was going to post this as a comment on the SO ...
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2019: a year in closing

Closing and reopening questions is a very small part of what goes on around this network... But it gets a lot of attention, and always has. Particularly over the past year, as we've tested some pretty ...
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How many 20kers use the LQRQ?

Since "20K+ users can clear out low-quality reviews faster than normal users, as it takes only 3 votes (vs 6 recommendations) to delete posts.", I would like to know how many 20kers actually use ...
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How to find out how many users ignore a tag?

When I hover a tag with the mouse, I see the number of followers (i.e. users who added that tag to their favorite tags list) in the popup: (As far as I know this is the only place where this ...
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How have the ratio of large to small draft saves and the number of users who post at least 3 answers per week developed since the start of June?

In a recent statistics post, the company reported on some measures they regard as relevant in the current AI usage debate. One is the ratio of large draft saves to small draft saves, which is ...
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