You could see a discrepancy similar to the following for this analytic.
It's important to understand how totals are tallied for the different charts.
To get the Questions Answered total, Vanilla queries the individual discussions that have received a comment (an "answer") during the specified time period. (Note that Vanilla is not counting "accepted answers", just "answers".)
It's possible for one discussion to receive multiple answers over the course of several days.
- When Vanilla tallies the unique discussions for an entire week, each discussion is counted only once for that week.
- However, when Vanilla tallies the unique discussions for each day, each discussion that has received an answer is counted once per day, for any day on which it received an answer — so it's possible for a single discussion to be counted across multiple days.
Let's look at an example and, for it, assume:
- discussion My New Question is posted;
- discussion My New Question gets one answer per day for five consecutive days (e.g., Monday through Friday), totaling five answers;
- discussion My New Question is the only question that gets any answers.
So, the Questions Answered metric could be 1 in one analytic reporting (because only one unique question actually received any answers) but it could also be 5 in a different analytic reporting.
Both totals are correct.
This count-discrepancy is also possible in the Users Leaderboard.
A single question can be answered by multiple users. Every user who answers the question gets credit for doing so.
Using the images above, assume that of the 195 answered questions:
- user-John answered 134 and
- user-Mary answered 99.
It's more than likely that they answered some of the same questions.
Each of their answer counts are presented in the leaderboard, and those counts are standalone metrics for that activity.