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Just looking at the "newest" questions list on IPS meta I am surprised to find that only 12 questions have been asked in the first 15 days of this month. I sense that is a low rate of new meta questions compared to all previous fortnights. Could that be explained by some factor such as that (I don't know whether this is a fact, or any possible reason why) overall number of posts is typically low in January on Stack Exchange? Or,

are IPS meta questions on the decrease and if so, why?

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  • That's the first January IPS experiences, so how shall we know? – Anne Daunted GoFundMonica Jan 16 '18 at 13:31
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    For a beta site less than a year old, a bit under 1 meta question/day isn't bad. And as long as people aren't ignoring serious issues, it's not a problem. – HDE 226868 Jan 16 '18 at 13:44
  • Maybe I was not clear @Anne Daunted: is overall number of posts typically low in January on Stack Exchange? Now edited Q to clarify. – English Student Jan 16 '18 at 14:25
  • Good to know @HDE226868. – English Student Jan 16 '18 at 14:25
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This doesn't give questions, but look at the variability of visits on Quantcast:

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You can see we have a massive drop off in visitors over Christmas, and it takes a while to build back up. From moderating a few other sites, I would say this looks perfectly normal.

You can get Quantcast views of many Stack Exchange sites. And even if you look at Stack Overflow, you see the same pattern - it's just scaled up massively :-)

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  • Thanks a lot @Rory Alsop. This is the type of graphic I remember seeing in a similar context on English.SE and explains clearly that it is a typical pattern. – English Student Jan 16 '18 at 14:56
  • Mods get a bit more detail, but I tend to use Quantcast to compare across sites if I want to check seasonal variations etc. – Rory Alsop Jan 16 '18 at 15:25

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