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Was looking at some profiles today and stumbled on this item:

Posts Posts?

The "posts %" value is a bit confusing. At first I misread the number to mean the number of posts a person has written, but the "8 posts" number in the centre is pretty explicit. Next I thought the trailing "%" might mean that the number represents "percentage of posts participated on". However, looking at my own profile, this doesn't make immediate sense either as 7 of my questions are tagged "Discussion" as well as two posts where I offered an answer, not to mention the various comments. (7 + 2 != 8)

After a whole bunch of exploratory math, it seems this number is calculated by taking the number of posts and dividing it by the number of tags, which is far simpler than I initially considered. In my case, this would be 8 posts across 13 distinct tags on posts containing "Discussion".

8 / 13 = 0.615384...

This still doesn't answer the question of where the 8 is coming from.

With this in mind, I wonder if it would make more sense to have "posts %" relabelled simply as "%". By removing the preceding word, there may be less confusion around the number 🤔

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  • I guess the issue with the 8 being wrong is due to caching as this data is probably calculated periodically instead of it being calculated on demand (it's just an assumption). Looking at your profile now, that value is 9.
    – Dan
    Jan 3 at 14:46
  • I don't see it, on my profile. I have only score and posts, is it transient case? probably it was removed. Anyway, some users are using browser "user scripts" for feature which are not yet supported. If you are are familiar with web dev.
    – user.dz
    Jan 5 at 13:06
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    @user.dz when you open your own profile, it defaults to the "activity" tab. You need to click on "Profile" to see the sections mentioned in the question.
    – Dan
    Jan 5 at 14:17
  • Thank you @Dan, got it. matigo, it does not work for one tag I tried, It looks like more like number of post with that tag over total number of posts. I am not sure if wiki posts are counted because they negligible in number for my case.
    – user.dz
    Jan 5 at 14:35
  • Anyway, it seems a post ratio quite reasonable putting (post %). matigo, could you recheck if calculation using total of posts works?
    – user.dz
    Jan 5 at 14:42
  • @user.dz I'll dedicate a little bit of time to go through the math again tomorrow. Sometimes I wonder if I pay too much attention to these little things ... 🤐
    – matigo
    Jan 5 at 14:49

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