A few days ago, our Area 51 statistics listed our "visits/day" as around 1500. Today, this statistic is listed as 25. Our site analytics also show a surprising drop in site traffic in the last day.

Is this a bug, or are we really losing traffic that badly?

  • For the record, I'm pretty sure it's the former. But I thought this was worth a meta post, so that anyone who's worried about this has a place to discuss it and see the answer.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Apr 15, 2018 at 9:58
  • On Language Learning SE, the "visits/day" dropped from 134 on 11.04 to 94 on 13.04, to 42 yesterday and just 3 today. This decrease looks suspiciously strong to me. See LL SE.
    – Tsundoku
    Commented Apr 15, 2018 at 16:17
  • @Randal'Thor same thing is showing up with Quantum Computing views - it currently shows we have 8 per day. I sure hope it's a bug ;)
    – auden
    Commented Apr 15, 2018 at 18:27
  • super super buggy
    – user80
    Commented Apr 16, 2018 at 0:35

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There are two questions on Meta StackExchange about this:

A comment on the first question by Dean Ward, software developer for Stack Overflow, says:

We're investigating, we've had a number of large changes to our Google Analytics infrastructure, looks like we missed some bits...

Update 03.07.2018: It appears that Stack Exchange fixed the traffic statistics issue today or yesterday, at least in Area 51, which currently says we have 1,484 per day (very close to the 1,500 visits per day that is considered "good").

  • Unfortunately, historical figures are still not fixed in the analytics (5k+ only, sorry). The graph starts in February 2018 and is zero before that.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Jul 7, 2018 at 15:50
  • @Randal'Thor Thanks, I did not know that. I need another 1400 reps before I can access site analytics.
    – Tsundoku
    Commented Jul 7, 2018 at 15:52

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