Winter bash 2015: the results

Gamification, love it or hate it, but every year thousands of developers try to collect as many "winter bash hats" as possible on StackOverflow and its sibling sites. In 2013, I collected 12 hats. In 2014, I collected 15 hats. But how many hats did I win this year?

Winter bash Stack Overflow 2015

Google Analytics - December 2015

When we look at the sales results, December 2015 broke all previous records. We reached and exceeded the target for the quarter as well as the target for the year, but I can't say that I'm happy with the results of the web site in December.

The site didn't perform as well as in December 2014.

Google Analytics - November 2015

Do you see that dip in the web site visits last week:

That's the Thanksgiving dip, but... there's more. The dip is also caused by the move to our new web site. Incidentally, we forgot to change the Google ID we used on the test and staging server, so plenty of visits weren't counted for about 16 hours last Thursday/Friday. But hey, let's not whine about that: we finally have a new web site!

Google Analytics - October 2015

Hmmmz, October looks suspiciously like September in terms of web site activity.

Google Analytics - July 2015

This is what a Summer month looks like on the iText web site:

Google Analytics - April 2015

If you'd asked me how the month of April was, I'd answer: is that month over already? I flew from Belgium to California, from California to Massachusetts, and then back to Belgium. The month was over before it started. And what about the web site? Did it suffer from the Easter holidays? Let's take a look:
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