Welcome to 2018 everyone!
Glad you've made it through the chaos of 2017. While you're here I've complied some neat information of last year that you may find interesting!
As always we'll start off with how much traffic the site has gotten. During the 2017 year there were 32.1 million views globally, with only 4.6 million of those views originating from the U.S. This is an average of 2.675,754 page views a month.1 With August being the busiest month and December seeing the biggest downward turn. This is quite an increase from previous years though.
Helping us maintain these high view counts are the abundance of new users and dedicated veterans! Through 2017 23,693 new users joined the WordPress Stack Exchange but only 3,165 earned more than 50 reputation and only 509 users earned more than the Stack Exchange "Trusted User" default reputation of 101. Thanks to those folks this brings our whole user base to 99k users!
The most active new user award goes to Fayaz contributing 105 valued answers and earning 3,496 reputation this year!
The most active regular user award goes to Jack Johansson contributing 498 valued answers and earning 9,142 reputation this year!
Questions and Answers
Throughout 2017 there were 15,301 new questions and 14,145 new answers. Of the 15k questions, ~3.5k were view positively with 1 or more upvotes, less than ~1k are currently sitting with negative scores, and ~4k of those questions have accepted answers. There are currently ~5k questions without downvotes and 0 answers. As of writing this post, this brings our Question to Answer Ratio back to the 2015 percentile of 71%.
- The Most Favorited Question
- The Most Upvoted Question
- The Most Viewed Question
- The Most Upvoted Answer
The top tags have only changed in order since last year which is not much of a surprise:
- [php] with 1,583 questions, 565 wtihout answers
- [plugins] with 1,480 questions, 641 without answers
- [custom-post-types] with 1,215 questions, 464 without answers
During 2017 we saw Stack Exchange roll out a new header with review queue numbers replaced with "warning lights" for lack of a better term. Whether you like the changes or not the community came together and closed a total of 837 off topic questions. Below are the tags attached to the most closed questions:
- [plugins] with 115 closed questions
- [woocommerce] with 110 closed questions
- [php] with 86 closed questions
And with this I'll open the answer section for you to post any WordPress related achievements or stories you experienced this past year. Along with what you would like to see from the community in the coming year(s). With the start of the year we'd also like to wish you the very best!