This Question is inspired by the now Closed Question on Meta Stack Overflow of Why is Stack Overflow so negative of late? and the write-up of Podcast #59 – The Decline and Fall of Stack Overflow.
If you visit https://www.quantcast.com/gis.stackexchange.com and click VISITS at the top, then All under the graph, you should see a graphic like below.
What is very evident is that in the past 3-4 weeks our number of visits has jumped from around 28,000 to around 33,000 per day.
Why has GIS Stack Exchange become so popular of late?