One year ago today, English Language Learners entered private beta. A week later, it opened to the public, and since then the questions and answers have been rolling in!
So, what have we accomplished?
We're getting 19.4 questions per day. Early on, this statistic hovered around the 15 mark, largely fueled by Listenever's quest to understand Harry Potter. Although our question rate waned a bit, it never dropped too far, and as of today it's higher than it's ever been. We now have 4780 questions, which puts us at an average of 13/day for the last year.
We have 3,958 total users. Of those, 282 users have more than 200 reputation. We've had some turnover, gaining some great new users and losing a few who are sorely missed. But many other users have stuck with ELL the whole year, and I feel like overall our participation is on the way up.
Our visits have risen to 6562 per day. I remember this statistic being around 150 when I joined, and every time I've checked it it's been higher and higher yet. We're doing great on this metric! I imagine it must include both new users and people finding existing answers on Google.
Fully 99% of questions have answers. We answer almost everything here, and though not every question gets multiple answers, I personally think the quality of the answers is more important than how many answers each question gets.
Statistics aside, we've also seen the introduction of canonical-posts, including StoneyB's rather detailed post on perfect constructions. We've more or less figured out what's on topic and what's not. Besides that, we've started a resources page, and as of late our chat room has been fairly active. Overall, I feel like ELL has been a great resource for learners, and I can only hope it will continue to be.
On the down side, some users remain confused about the difference between ELU and ELL. Most of the discussion of the difference occurs over on ELU's meta, in part because ELU is the more popular site and in part because that's where ELL was born; and on ELU meta, we find posts like J.R.'s describing the difference, but we also find posts like Gilles' describing the lack of difference. Users both new and old remain confused about the difference after a year of ELL—this problem will need to be addressed one way or the other eventually.
But overall, I think we've accomplished a lot over the last year, and I want to congratulate and thank everyone for making ELL what it is today. Happy birthday, everyone!
Of course, that's just what I think. And I am, after all, only snail transportation. So, everybody, let me ask you: what do you think after one year of ELL? Whether you've been with us the whole time or just joined us recently, whether you ask, answer, or both, whether you load the site up every day or you only post once in a while, I want to know what you think! How is ELL doing?