Today, I took a look at the site analytics for Mythology Stack Exchange.1 Here is a graph of the number of posts per day, from our launch in late April to the present, mid-September:
Here is the same graph with a spline trendline I added:
The continual decrease in total posts should be apparent - and yes, to anyone who is wondering, the same trend exists for individual questions and answers. The graphs are going a poor job of representing the graph I borrowed here, even accounting for the fact that the x-axis denotes a long period of time, in general.
Here are some more statistics:
- We're tied with Mathematics Educators and Coffee for the third-lowest number of questions per day at 0.5, ahead of Martial Arts and Community Building.
- We're at third-lowest for traffic, ahead of Open Source and Community Building.
- We're at third-lowest for number of users, ahead of Computer Graphic and Portuguese Language (yes, now Community Building beats us at something important).
- We're at "Needs Work" for three out of the five Area 51 statistics.2
Mythology Stack Exchange is slowly - ever so slowly - shrinking.3
This is not a good thing, because unlike certain other quantities - national debts, mortality rates, and the number of Hercules' labors - traffic and posts-per-day are quantities that we do not want to shrink. We want them to rise, if at all possible, while retaining the high standards of quality you've come to expect from the community at Mythology Stack Exchange.
There exist today few problems with no solutions, and I rather think that this situation is not one of those problems. So I'm asking you, the users of Mythology Stack Exchange, to answer me this: How can we increase activity here? What can we do to help Mythology Stack Exchange grow?
EDIT: Our stats have gotten slightly better. In particular, our visit is per day is up to ~280, which is pretty good. Obviously there is a lot we could and should do to improve, but at the same time we have been making some progress.
1 See Proposed micro-privilege: site analytics for more information about site analytics, which are available to users on beta sites at 5k rep. They are not the same as the moderator analytics, which I will not use here.
2 Many of us know that the stats are misleading, and Robert Cartaino has been the biggest proponent of getting them changed/modified/buried-in-any-unmarked-grave. Still, they have some non-negligible merit here.
3 I am not implying that the site is in any danger of closing. This is, to the best of my knowledge, not the case.