The honey & lemon diet question (Does honey with warm water and lemon reduce tummy fat?) is hugely popular in terms of visits, despite having only moderate upvotes, and was left unanswered for over a year until @rob stepped in and put a bounty on it, drawing it to our attention.

That got me thinking.

What questions are considered very helpful by anonymous users, but are relatively lowly voted?

My prediction: They will be about popular pseudosciences, such as homeopathy where on-the-fencers stumble on us and visit us, but don't hang around, but which the regulars consider dull/solved issues.

  • Hypothesis: Some questions have lots of views because they're the number one hit for a google search, or because they've been slashdotted. Jul 13, 2014 at 3:23

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  • Count the number of Helpful votes on each post. (NOTE: This number excludes Unhelpful votes.)
  • Produce a table showing the number of helpful votes and the total vote score (NOTE: Total vote score includes downvotes as -1)
  • Create a scatterplot, expecting to see a nice correlation.
  • Compute the ratio of HelpfulVotes/Score, and skim off the top posts.
  • Examine posts looking for themes.



  • I can't see any obvious themes. :-( Anyone else?
  • Beauty, diet and Beyoncé? Do fans of fashion magazines tend to visit and leave without joining?
    – Oddthinking Mod
    Jul 1, 2014 at 11:18

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