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I have asked several questions. Sometimes the ratio of views to minutes posted is 2:1. But sometimes its the other way round and I could ask a question which only gets 20 views within the first hour. This question is directed at the moderators mainly as they have the most access to the stats and stuff, but:

When is the best time to post a question? Or in other words, when are the most users logged on?

Can you also please supply the time in GMT time as well as others that you feel necessary to include

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  • $\begingroup$ Ironic how his question has only received 2 views in half an hour... $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Apr 30 '16 at 15:51
  • $\begingroup$ @manchu thanks, that is helpful $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Apr 30 '16 at 17:41
  • $\begingroup$ If you have the impression that a really good puzzle (yours or someone else's) did not get the deserved attention after a while (a week or two?) , you can always award it a bounty. If it is a questions which has already an accepted answer, and you still want to promote, you may nominate in in the 3-monthly "best of" posts. $\endgroup$ – BmyGuest May 2 '16 at 13:28
  • $\begingroup$ A query at data.stackexchange.com/puzzling/queries might be interesting $\endgroup$ – Julian Rosen May 2 '16 at 16:01
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NOTE: These are just personal realizations and are given only for help purposes.


  • Less number of people login at weekends for reasons unknown.

  • Majority of people on Stack Exchange are from USA. So it would be better if you post the puzzle at 3 p.m. according to GMT (i.e. 11 a.m. in U.S. ).

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Even though I have answered this question but I want to emphasize on the fact that we should not look at the time while posting a question (maybe especially a puzzle) due to the following reasons:

  • A puzzle is not considered nice only according to the number of votes but it is considered nice according to the number of votes per views. So, 5 votes in 20 views are far more better than 5 votes in 100 views. It doesn't matter in how much time you get those views.

  • If your puzzle deserve the votes, then it will get the votes. Sooner or later, people will see it and upvote it.

  • I have stated in my other answer that majority of people on Stack Exchange are from USA. It doesn't mean that you should post a question according to US timezone. There are many people from other countries too who would love to see a nice question in their free time.

  • Even though I have stated that less number of people login at weekends, but I think it's somehow good for a nice puzzle. Because the weekends not only affect PSE but the whole SE. So, SE and PSE gets less number of question. So there is a high probability that a nice puzzle easily get enough number of votes to get to the Hot Network Questions and therefore gain some more deserved upvotes.

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    $\begingroup$ Regarding your first point, see this script that finds questions with the best vote-to-view ratio. $\endgroup$ – GentlePurpleRain May 3 '16 at 16:39

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