I just noticed that we have now officially passed 100,000 posts on the main site, by post ID.

Thanks to all of you for contributing, and keeping contributing!

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    $\begingroup$ Is there a hat for it? $\endgroup$
    – Separatrix
    Dec 14, 2017 at 12:31
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    $\begingroup$ @Separatrix Not that I know of, unfortunately. No badge either. I considered pointing to post ID 100,000 or even 100,001, but felt that everyone's contributions are equally important, so decided against singling out a single post by a single user. $\endgroup$
    – user
    Dec 14, 2017 at 12:32
  • $\begingroup$ Especially since they just got lucky to be 100,000 not 99,999. ;) $\endgroup$
    – Green
    Dec 14, 2017 at 13:46
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    $\begingroup$ Let's now set our sights on 1,000,000, without sacrificing quality! $\endgroup$
    – user
    Dec 14, 2017 at 18:47
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    $\begingroup$ So, I checked stackexchange.com for some information, and it's telling me we only have ~14,000 questions and ~70,000 answers. So either the post ID count is messed up - which is my guess - or someone stole 16,000 posts. Perhaps we have 16,000 deleted posts that aren't showing up? $\endgroup$
    – HDE 226868 Mod
    Dec 14, 2017 at 20:42
  • $\begingroup$ @HDE226868 A quick search turns up 7,187 deleted posts, but I don't know how that interacts with accounts that have been deleted and other edge cases. Truth to be told, I went by post ID expecting that to be a decent approximation of the total number of posts ever made... $\endgroup$
    – user
    Dec 14, 2017 at 20:46
  • $\begingroup$ @MichaelKjörling I had just gone to search to check that. Well, it's certainly an order-of-magnitude approximation, which is fine by me. $\endgroup$
    – HDE 226868 Mod
    Dec 14, 2017 at 20:48
  • $\begingroup$ Holy crap. I am happy and astonished at the same time. I didn't know how well this site would work when we were pushing it through Area 51. Nice job everyone. $\endgroup$
    – James
    Dec 14, 2017 at 21:05
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    $\begingroup$ If the numbering is across all posts, and if the scheme on the site matches what we see through SEDE, then tag wiks, tag wiki excerpts, mod nominations, and a few other things (what's a "privilege wiki"?) are also being counted. $\endgroup$ Dec 14, 2017 at 21:19
  • $\begingroup$ @MonicaCellio I suspect you're on to something. That'd certainly be the right order of magnitude for the missing post IDs vs questions and answers. $\endgroup$
    – user
    Dec 14, 2017 at 21:20
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    $\begingroup$ @MonicaCellio I checked the worldbuilding database tables. While postId is over 100,000, there are only 91,817 posts of all types (including wikis and deleted and such). This was as of about three days ago (last postId in the database is 99799), but there is still a ~8,000 post gap somewhere. $\endgroup$
    – kingledion
    Dec 15, 2017 at 15:16

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Apparently we haven't, quite yet. The count in SEDE is correct (as of its last refresh). I asked about the discrepancy on Meta.SE and learned that not all ID numbers are actually used.

We're close to 100k but not quite there yet. I'm confident we'll remedy that before too long.

  • $\begingroup$ Grumble grumble grumble $\endgroup$
    – user
    Dec 15, 2017 at 18:58

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