Our site is now approximately five years old and it has come a long way since then. About two years ago we have graduated, which gave us a very big boost in all our statistics. Since then there have been the occasional ups and downs, unsurprisingly correlating with the academic calendar.
Voting and page views are slightly down in July and January. However, I have great news: The trend is pointing steadily upwards. I don't want to go into too much detail here, I just want to say thanks to everybody who has participated in the last years making this a great place to ask about chemistry. Just a few numbers because there is the occasional worry about increasing traffic. We have currently about 400k total page views per week (5 week average) and since the public beta phase there have been 23 million references through search engines (90%). Direct traffic still accounts for about 7% of the traffic, which is due to all of you who contribute.
Lastly and most importantly: Voting is way up. As previously noted, there was a huge surge in all stats before graduation. I am very happy to report that we are now consistently (three month average, for about a half year) achieving higher levels than at graduation, currently totalling at about 7000 votes per month.
Voting is important, especially with a growing site. The influx of new questions that seek answers has about doubled since then, unfortunately answers can barely keep up. As such, voting is important to curate good questions and reward good answers.
Now we are heading towards our biggest experiment yet and suspend the homework close reason. I think it is a good time to look back and remind us of what we have already accomplished. At this point I'd like to encourage you to pat yourself on the back. Therefore I'd like to close this part with a big
The second part can be ignored for the most and is only included for the purpose of creating a baseline for the experiment. I will share some of the question-close-stats. For those who have achieved the 10k moderator privileges, you can find it here. Since the experiment will run for about a month I have chosen the 30 day data set. Therefore in May there were
- Questions Closed: 378
- Questions Asked: 984
- Close percentage: 38.41 %
- Close reason, no. closed (% of total), no. edited (% of closed), no. reopened (% of closed), no. edited and reopened (% of edited)
- too broad, 55 (14.55%), 8 (14.55%), 2 (3.64%), 1 (12.50%)
- off-topic other (custom), 11 (2.91%), 2 (18.18%), 0, 0
- off-topic homework, 174 (46.03%), 11 (6.32%), 3 (1.72%), 2 (18.18%)
- off-topic medical, 5 (1.32%), 0, 0, 0
- duplicate, 45 (11.90%), 4 (8.89%), 3 (6.67%), 1 (25.00%)
- unclear, 72 (19.05%), 10 (13.89%), 2 (2.78%), 1 (10.00%)
- opinion-based, 9 (2.38%), 0, 0, 0
Gems from the custom close reason (please don't use those):
- I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because.
- I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because u cnt type&its hmwork
- I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because I've had enough of this kind of post. Clean it up. Read the site guidelines. Or go elsewhere, where screenshots and clips from your phone are welcome.
- I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because because it's an aldehyde.
- I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because although the visual effects are exciting, the question itself is homework-y
- I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because 1) It's better suited on the Physics.SE (I'm not saying it isn't Chemistry) and 2) It smells homeworky ಠ_ಠ
- I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because ... what the heck?!
Let's end this with a quote by the not-very-often-around-anymore LordStryker
Lets face it. Chem:SE has had its fair share of moments from its infamous drama to its shining moments. We graduated. We've made it. Its been quite a journey (if I may say so without sounding overdramatic) but it certainly has been quite... the... journey... .
And without any further ado, the homework close reason has been deactivated and the experiment is in effect.