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I'm trying to get the yearly total number of questions that have the tag browserify.

I can see that there are questions tagged from this year like this one and that one.

The site reports that there are 1491 total questions tagged browserify.

When I limit the dates to this year, I get no results.
So I tried querying for questions from before this year, and I get 1491 total questions with the following query created using the try it page:

{
  "count": 9,
  "name": "browserify-rails"
}, {
  "count": 90,
  "name": "browserify-shim"
}, {
  "count": 1491,
  "name": "browserify"
}

The information I am getting back from the API seems to be telling me that there are no questions from this year that were tagged with "browserify". Yet I can find questions from this year with the "browserify" tag.

I cannot see where I am going wrong in my usage of the API.

My question is different to "How to get all questions with a specific tag between certain dates" because the total numbers I see do not match the data I see on the site. I have no issues with paging.

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This sure looks like a bug.

  1. Site search shows that there were 946 browserify questions created in 2015 (so far).
  2. The /tags route doesn't have a created option, but it shows 0 questions were active in 2015!
  3. No permutation yielded valid results when trying to specify any fromdate after 2012-05-23 (midnight on the 22nd). It seems the result is either the total number of browserify questions or nothing.
  4. Coincidentally, the earliest question that has the browserify tag was created on May 22 2012.
    It is plausible that the browserify tag was created that day.

So, when specifying a date range with the /tags route, the range is for when the tag was created. This is either a bug with the route or an omission in the documentation.


Workaround:
Use the /search or the /search/advanced routes, with a filter that just returns total.
This will give you a correct count of questions, with that tag, in the specified period.

For example,
          /2.2/search?fromdate=1420070400&todate=1451606400&tagged=browserify

Gives 946 questions, so far this year -- which is correct.

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