The data returned by our query isn't exactly what we want. For instance, we don't care about
last_edit_date or even the
last_activity_date, but we do care about the number of up and down votes. By pulling extra data back, we're wasting bandwidth and slowing down the visualization for our users. Fortunately, Stack Overflow has a solution for that in the form of filters.
If you find that you need to explore the Stack Overflow data in greater depth than is provided for by the API, you can download a dump of the entire site at http://www.clearbits.net/creators/146-stack-exchange-data-dump. This dump is provided every three months, and currently clocks in at 13.4 GB compressed. With this dump, you can run much more complex queries ...