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History of Math.StackExchange

This thread is used to record significant events in the life of Math.StackExchange. What should be recorded? Creation of the site (proposed, beta tested, graduated). Technological innovations like TeX ...
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What does the number "people reached" on the profile page mean?

I have just noticed that my activity page claims that I have "reached" 809k people. Since this is clearly ludicrous, I suppose "people" means actual people counted with high multiplicity. That's okay, ...
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Is this site overloaded?

I'm a fairly new user to this site. I asked my first question a few days ago here: Question about characteristics and classification of second-order PDEs it received a few views; however, no-one as ...
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About up-votes.

Recently, meta has seen an uprising of questions related to downvotes/toxicity of the community etc. There are posts mentioning behaviour towards younger users, random downvotes etc. But I have seen ...
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Has the upvoting really gone down?

For past few days I feel as if upvoting an answer and "answer accepting" (the green tick) has really gone down. I saw many questions with multiple answers with lot of explanation and none of the ...
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Statistically, how does question length relate to community response?

It is obvious that a question which is too short will almost certainly lack context, and that a question which is too long may run the risk of readers never finding out what the question actually is (...
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How much did "advice for first-time askers" help?

Since October 2015 a "How to ask?" page is shown before a user asks their first question on this site, and they need to confirm that they read it; see here: Show “how to ask” advice before a new user ...
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How to increase traffic to the site?

First, a congratulatory news: at some point today, Mathematics.StackExchange became the 3rd largest site on SE network, by the number of questions posted. This is the first time an SE 2.0 site ...
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Statistics on upvoting

Has there recently been statistically less upvoting than usual? I know I should answer questions for the love of it and not care about rep, but I've been sort of discouraged as of late. Out of my ...
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Is voting on questions getting harsher?

Lately - just in the last few days for me, but I haven't been paying close attention - I've noticed that the scores on questions seem to be substantially lower. Digging in more deeply, questions like ...
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Best time to ask a question

I wondered if anyone made any statistics on this. When is the best time (usually) to ask a question? (with this I mean that it maximises the views the answer receives). I figure that most of the ...
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Can we have "2021: a year of EoQS"?

In Paramanand's questionnaire response, he suggests that the effects of the EoQS should be studied. This made me realise that I don't really know anything past the "theory" of the EoQS since ...
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Distribution of Reputation: Power Law?

I recently came across the notion of a scale free network, see Scale Free Network. These networks tend to have power-law distributions. I was wondering if reputation in SE was distributed like this, ...
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How effective are bounties?

Background: When you add a bounty to a question, it appears on the featured questions list. However, depending on the timing, the featured questions page can be multiple pages long. So for about half ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
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The Efficacy of Mathematics Stack Exchange

I have two questions. First, how "effective" is asking a question on the math stack exchange? I find 3252 pages of questions in the "unanswered" section - these questions have received zero responses....
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Which question on MSE has the most failed attempts?

Half an hour ago, someone posted another answer to the question How does one prove the matrix inequality $\det\left(6(A^3+B^3+C^3)+I_n\right)\ge5^n\det(A^2+B^2+C^2)$? If this answer turns out to be ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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New site theme - are there statistics on how readership has changed?

Since the new site theme has been introduced, I find that I hardly read math.SE anymore. In essence, I find it illegible ... including that the topics that interest me hardly 'show up' anymore. The ...
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When is peak time for this website?

Is this information available anywhere? If it's not, should it be available or should it not? Sometimes I want to ask a question, but I am afraid that not many users are active in the moment. And by ...
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Best and worst tags for % answered rate

A noticeable pattern I have seen on Math.SE is that some question tags seem to attract more attention than others. I am curious and hope this question is of interest to the meta community; however I ...
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What happened on April 2017?

I used the query in this answer to see the number of edits per month and I was fairly surprised as April 2017 had $86,444$ edits. The graph of edits per day is even more surprising as one day had $55,...
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Who Maximizes the Ratio of "People Reached" to "Questions Answered"?

Whoever maximizes the ratio $$ \frac{\text{People Reached}}{\text{Questions Answered}} $$ must have an uncanny sense for which questions are going to be heavily viewed and worth answering. In some ...
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Does the number of questions exceed the number of active participants?

I don't mean "exceed" literally. I only visit MSE sporadically, but in those snapshots it seems to me that the furious pace of questions in some sense seems to be outstripping the base of active ...
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Distribution of time to first answer in MathStackExchange?

Has anybody got the information on the distribution of the time interval between posting of a question and the posting of the first answer to that question (answer need not be accepted)? I believe ...
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Do users upvote questions or answers more?

According to my profile page, I've voted on 1100 questions and voted on 800 answers. If Q is the number of question votes I've given and A is the number of answer votes, then $Q-A=300$. What is the ...
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Identify our millionth question

Somewhere in the past few hours, the millionth question was asked on Math.SE. Could someone cleverer than I am please figure out which one it was. Presumably there should be a plaque or statue, or ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Average Q/A score?

Is it currently possible to get a mean score for either questions or answers for yourself, or other users? The motivation behind asking, is that sometimes total reputation is not always a clear ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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How much experience should a potential moderator have?

How much experience should a potential moderator have, in order to be considered a suitable candidate? This question was inspired by reading some of the responses to the candidates posts. Which read ...
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Does getting upvotes encourage people to give out upvotes?

I was reading something (I don't remember what), where it was suggested that, on Quora, users who receive upvotes are temporarily more likely to give out upvotes. There's some period of time for ...
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What percentage of answers in the last quarter were given by the top 100 users?

I notice that some users are extremely active while many only post once. I wonder how much activity is done by the top users. How much of the answering activity was done last quarter by those 100 ...
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Up- and downvote statistics

Are there some up and down vote statistics a standard user can access? I'm curious to know whether my feeling that users have been downvoting more and more liberally over time is correct or just my ...
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Are more users deleting their accounts now than in the past?

In the last week and a half, I've had three reputation decreases of 10 points each due to "User was removed." I understand why this happened; in three cases, users deleted their accounts (or were ...
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How many questions get closed, and how often are they edited or reopened?

How many questions on Mathematics SE got closed during the last 90 days? For what reasons? How many of the closed questions were edited or reopened?
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Sum of reputation on created on M.SE

I understand the reputation system, it works, among other things, as a reward to those who contribute. I also tend to think of reputation also as a measure of value created by M.SE; when I gain a ...
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Statistics of questions

I have noticed that during the summer there are fewer questions (for the simple reason that there are fewer students taking courses, and hence fewer things to provoke questions). I was wondering (...
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Where do the (many) voters in the 2014 community moderator election come from?

Togeter with the results, it would be interesting to get an analysis to see where generally the many active voters in this election have come from. This could for example be done by looking (...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Tag future report

I came across https://math.stackexchange.com/users/tag-future/current which represents a recent attempt by SE to understand what types of questions each user is likely to answer. (The underlying ...
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What is the percentage of answers that have no upvote/downvote or not even a comment?

Is there an estimate of the percentage of answers that have no upvote/downvote or not even a "thank you!" comment (basically no way to say whether they are complete waste of time on author's behalf or ...
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What is the rate at which questions are typically upvoted?

Every now and then I get a stray upvote for an answer I answered months ago. Usually these are for the more prominent answers I've given. But most of the time, the upvotes I get are shortly after I ...
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What are the current traffic and usage patterns of this site?

The new site analytics page rolled out recently. It displays interesting statistics such as traffic sources and the volume of votes over time. What's in it currently?
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What are the current statistics of migrations to other sites?

Are the current statistics of questions migrated to other sites visible somewhere? I suspect it is available through https://math.stackexchange.com/tools/posts/migrated/stats for > 10k rep users, so I ...
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Are there any users who have invested more than what they presently have?

Are there any Mathematics SE users who have invested more reputation points in bounties than what they presently have? How can one find out?
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How many posts get deleted, and what are they?

Stack Exchange Data Explorer now includes the table PostsWithDeleted, which, as the name suggests, includes some data on deleted posts. (Meta announcement.) The content of deleted posts is not made ...
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The Thirty-Sixth-Best All Time Rep Score

Does anybody have an idea of how the 36th-most all-time rep score has evolved over the life of the site? Really, I am asking about the min rep score to be on the front page of the all-time users page....
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2022: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Can we observe the 24-hour cycle distribution of when votes are cast?

Is there a way to view a distribution of numbers of votes cast (for questions or for answers) over the 24-hour daily cycle? Or over a full weekly cycle? I didn't find such a query at data.SE.
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