Is there a way we can publicly follow the growth of the site? Moderators have access to some data, but aren't allowed to share it with the rest of the community. Are there public resources to this effect?

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Sure you can! Quantcast is also tracking visits to the site directly. Get yer loot here:

I suggest you switch settings to Global and Range to All.

Here's a small, hopefully up to date chart of views last 365, 90 and 30 days.


...and here's an annotated graph as of November 10th 2011 and June 14th 2012 (due to Jeff's impatience):

I would like to see what the traffic spike is like after Skyrim, and then again for Diablo 3. Is there any chance you will be posting updated annotated graphs as these come out? – StrixVaria Nov 11 '11 at 15:43
@StrixVaria Well, right now I really want to annotate all the spikes so far so that it'll be easier to identify future ones. – badp Nov 11 '11 at 15:44
It'd be cool to automate this with information from data.stackexchange and see what the most popular tags were from each spike. – Dave McClelland Nov 11 '11 at 16:03
Its rather special that Gaming has such a predictably strong correlation with several events causing the traffic to spike. On other sites such as Apple.SE the growth correlates with new iOS versions or OSX releases, but those happen much less frequent. – Ivo Flipse Nov 12 '11 at 7:06
@IvoFlipse Have you seen the Ask Ubuntu traffic graph? Now those are spikes. – badp Nov 12 '11 at 13:18
What the heck happened last month that caused this surge? Ah, it seems: The current stable release of Ubuntu, codenamed "Oneiric Ocelot". Released on October 13th, 2011 – Ivo Flipse Nov 12 '11 at 14:05
@IvoFlipse Yeah, they got a mention in the installer as well – user821 Nov 12 '11 at 18:03
Wow, the effect games and (if TW2 is any indication) grants have is awesome. – Matthew Read Nov 14 '11 at 20:35
Is there any way to get blog stats? I'm curious how many views my article got. :) – John the Green Nov 17 '11 at 15:07
skyrim makes all the other games seem rather quaint in terms of traffic. – Jeff Atwood Dec 19 '11 at 5:05
Btw it wasn't just christmas, we also had the hat promotion at the time – Oak Jun 16 '12 at 8:31
@Oak eh... hats don't really drive traffic – badp Jun 16 '12 at 8:48

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