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We have some questions with >1k views, but most of the questions are not as popular. Are there tools to see why questions like

Is there any proof of the fundamental theorem of algebra that can be introduced to undergraduates who have just completed Calc III?

Lecturers "(intentional) mistakes" as a teaching tool

Optimization problems that today's students might actually encounter?

are really popular?

I also included the new tag 'meta-statistics' for questions concerned with the (beta) statistics of MESE itself.

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    $\begingroup$ Part of it is because of the "Hot Network Questions" bit on the right; if they're popular on our site, they'll be shown to people across SE. $\endgroup$
    – user37
    Apr 14, 2014 at 15:33
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    $\begingroup$ I've shared quite a few on reddit, frquently getting a few thousand views. Here is my profile; most of the recent posts (not comments) are from here: reddit.com/user/brirush $\endgroup$ Apr 14, 2014 at 16:08
  • $\begingroup$ Your first example was shared on reddit, and the other two were hot network questions. $\endgroup$ Apr 14, 2014 at 16:17
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    $\begingroup$ I would not know of any tool for particular posts (besides searching for links to them and to infer it). There is some data on the overall sources of traffic of the site provided to moderators. We are asked not to share the details so I do not want to go into detail, but I assume it is alright if I confirm that Mike and Brian Rushton have identified the main sources. $\endgroup$
    – quid Mod
    Apr 14, 2014 at 16:30
  • $\begingroup$ @quid: I'd consider this to be an answer to my question. $\endgroup$
    – Roland
    Apr 14, 2014 at 16:35
  • $\begingroup$ I am glad the information is useful. Thus I reposted it in more selfcontained form as answer. $\endgroup$
    – quid Mod
    Apr 14, 2014 at 16:40
  • $\begingroup$ See here: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/77138/… $\endgroup$
    – Martin
    Apr 21, 2014 at 20:28

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I would not know of any tool for particular posts (besides searching for links to them and to infer it; using the question id can be useful here).

There is some data on the overall sources of traffic of the site provided to moderators. However, we are asked not to share the details so I do not want to go into detail. But I assume it is alright if I confirm that Mike and Brian Rushton have identified the main sources of our traffic as being the rest of the network, especially Stack Overflow, and reddit.

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If you earn the moderator-tools privilege, then you can access at least a small statistics where you can order the questions by view: https://matheducators.stackexchange.com/tools?tab=stats

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