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What data about meta has eluded Stack Exchange until recently?

Original Data Analysis In April 2019 there was an investigation performed that looked at the number of users who regularly post and vote on Meta Stack Overflow, and how answering on Stack Overflow ...
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What data about meta has eluded Stack Exchange until recently?

I believe the data was just beginning to be understood differently around the time I left the company. (The timeline fits at least.) For many years the company used meta sites as a way of ...
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Have voting patterns changed significantly after the recent change in voting button arrow style?

The simple answer is no; voting patterns have not increased since this change was rolled out (at least on Stack Overflow). If anything, voting has decreased since this change was rolled out. The "...
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Has there been an increase in suspensions on MSE lately?

I was about to ask a similar question. Without going into too much detail, I would slam a big Yes on this first. Though, that's a very quick jump to a conclusion. I give this answer based on the ...
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Which sites appear most often in the Hot Network Questions list?

It's about time for an update to this; the last one was from before some major changes to the Hot Network Questions and the world has changed a lot in the past year. This time, I'll be looking at data ...
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Why has there been such a huge drop in "new visits" since May 9th, 2022, across multiple sites?

Educated guess, by no means official: We are committing to recategorizing the Google Analytics cookie as a “Performance Cookie” by May 13, 2022. (source: this answer by staff member @CesarM - the ...
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Are other sites (besides MSE) growing inactive?

Many people are focusing on questions, which is always a very low stat on Writing.SE and didn't see much change - there is not much that could possibly change there. Traffic is also popular, but didn'...
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Are there any observable effects of a "strike"?

This SEDE query compares (on each main site) the number of questions and answers posted last week (Sunday September 29th up to Saturday October 5th) with the week before it. We've seen an 1.38% ...
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Looking for stats related to possibly coordinated comments flagging

One of the main reasons we're in this mess is because SE chose to disregard one of the oldest most cherished rules in the network: we do not discuss the details of moderation actions in public. Can we ...
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Looking for stats related to possibly coordinated comments flagging

You don't need all these stats. Coordinated flagging of dubious posts and comments has been done and is still done by at least some of those that watch / visit the Tavern on the Meta. That is ...
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What are the most upvoted/downvoted questions and answers on the sites?

Official FAQ on gender pronouns and Code of Conduct changes was one of the most downvoted questions on the whole site, sitting at -1285 5 days after posting. OP has gone from 1924 to currently 342 ...
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Has there been an increase in suspensions on MSE lately?

In my subjective perception, it just feels like a high number of users are suspended these days, but without any insights into statistics that is pure speculation. That's always a bad starting point (...
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What's responsible for the increase in the number of accounts created every week here on Meta Stack Exchange?

We started redirecting https://area51.stackexchange.com/users/signup, https://area51.stackexchange.com/users/login and https://stackexchange.com/users/login to https://meta.stackexchange.com/users/...
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Are other sites (besides MSE) growing inactive?

It's near impossible to tell on your timescale and sample size. At this point, it's completly unclear if for instance on MSE you just got used to "peak outrage activity", that is, 10x-20x as much as ...
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Gathering and Reporting SE Site Stats

Semi-Official Not-Quite-Legal-but-Pretty-Authoritative Answer I don't envision anyone over here suing you in the near future. I may sue Undo, and possibly ArtOfCode, but only if I get super-bored, ...
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Are there any observable effects of a "strike"?

I ran across the Stack Exchange seven years ago by sheer luck, after doing a Google search. I reckon a lot of us started here in a similarly accidental fashion. One thing I noticed right away: SE ...
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Can we have some statistics on the potential change in rate of comment flags?

Well... Here are a few annotated charts: Percentage of comments flagged across all sites since March, by week So, that's kinda boring; it varies by maybe 0.1% or so, topping out under 1.8%. All ...
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How many normal and secret hats have there been in past Winter Bashes?

Breakdown of hats featured in past Winter Bashes Winter Bash Total hats Normal hats % normal hats Secret hats % secret hats 2012 35 27 77% 8 23% 2013 45 35 78% 10 22% 2014 38 30 79% 8 21% 2015 42 ...
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Biggest Stack Exchange sites

Simple, go to https://stackexchange.com/sites#traffic and sort by the statistic you want: Other statistics (such as total reputation of all users) probably require a cross-site SEDE query.
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2020: a year in closing

Did you ever wonder how many Hot Network Questions end up being closed (because they turn out not to be suitable for the site, or to be a duplicate)? Since March 2019 that information is registered, ...
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2016: a year in spam

As hichris notes, ... this is not entirely accurate data; that there are a lot of posts deleted as spam missing from the statistics because this data is not official. But at the same time, we see ...
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Who raised the most helpful flags on Stack Overflow and Meta?

On here, the current leader would appear to be PeterJ with 3760 helpful flags. He even has more than the Smoke Detector spam bot. Peter is the only person with more than 3000 helpful flags so he's ...
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What are the number of active participants joining Stack Overflow every day?

Stack Overflow has seen a moderate increase in participation by new users, but almost no increase in participation by active users (those with 500+ reputation) in the past few months. However, both ...
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How can I sort users by how many of my questions they close voted?

I'll leave the ethical discussion about how this analysis can be (ab)used to others and focus just on how you can obtain this data. SEDE has a table PostHistory that stores in a row with ...
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What is the impact of the recent changes to how Hot Network Questions work?

Let's start off with this SEDE query showing the number of times the ♦ moderators have used the ability to remove a question from the HNQ list. It has been used about 120 times in the past 6-8 ...
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Will yearly moderation statistics be published on all sites this year, and future years?

We agree that the data exposed in the “year in moderation” posts that Shog9 made annually were very useful for site moderators and content curators. We have therefore spent some time reviewing the ...
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Gathering and Reporting SE Site Stats

IANAL, and this isn't an official answer, but I've done both in the past and haven't been sued yet. – Undo 1 min ago Likewise. SE don't tend to be the type to hammer you into the ground if you make a ...
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