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Normally I ask and answer questions on C++. And the responses are reasonable.

But recently I asked question for review of my JavaScript (as I actually need a lot of help here). But I got a lot less help than I expected (I was expecting more people to be reviewing JavaScript than C++ given the relative popularity of the languages).

Is there an easy way to find the relative "popularity" / engagement for each language on this site?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ For asked question you could just check the Tags sorted by "Popular" you will see which tag has the most question asked. \$\endgroup\$
    – Heslacher
    Jun 20, 2023 at 5:30
  • \$\begingroup\$ Here is a sede query which shows the question and answer count by year for a specific tag. \$\endgroup\$
    – Heslacher
    Jun 20, 2023 at 6:01
  • \$\begingroup\$ To expand on Heslacher's tag point: "C" "10 asked this month, 199 this year" & "C++" "9 asked this week, 37 this month" vs "JavaScript" "5 asked this week, 19 this month". \$\endgroup\$
    – Peilonrayz Mod
    Jun 20, 2023 at 11:58

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Based purely on usage, the easiest way is to look at the Tags and ignore anything not a language. The top 5 happen to be languages and include both C++ and JavaScript.

Language Questions This month
Python 15243 40
Java 10854 13
C# 10013 13
JavaScript 9648 12
C++ 9322 25

Popularity is not a well-defined metric if we don't consider purely the amount of usage.

One way to look at engagement, would be looking at the questions and accepted answer percentage (query borrowed from here). Look at the top 200 tags, discarding anything not strictly a language or language version:

Tag Questions With an accept answer %
261 175 67
1079 691 64
226 146 64
1236 789 63
1720 1088 63
3879 2449 63
803 499 62
368 231 62
1623 1016 62
559 344 61
5298 3261 61
9319 5617 60
10015 6106 60
360 218 60
15240 9005 59
475 281 59
673 401 59

While ECMAScript is basically JavaScript (ES6), the tag itself is at 54%. That's scoring slightly better than languages like (53%) and (48%), but definitely not at the top. The other top-5 language not mentioned yet, , is at 57%.

Comparing and over time directly (thanks to Heslacher for the query):

: JavaScript Q&A 2010-2023

: C++ Q&A 2010-2023

Year Q JS A JS Q C++ A C++
2012 554 849 272 476
2013 735 978 432 713
2014 1238 2031 930 2041
2015 1248 1704 1091 1920
2016 1272 1532 1199 1804
2017 1126 1471 1185 1831
2018 805 1106 1025 1846
2019 832 1087 832 1287
2020 705 871 835 1256
2021 447 577 616 1100
2022 308 358 479 784

I'll leave any conclusion about which the more popular language is up to you, but those are the numbers.

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