This is just to let you know that we have reviewed our plugins downloads tracking code and data. It was confirmed that there were some little bugs well hidden in the corner that caused suspiciously high and false downloads figures being reported for our plugins. These bugs were fixed at the end of September. Unfortunately we were not able to propagate the fix on existing aggregated data so we had to effectively reset the download counters. Starting from October 1st, 2015, the downloads figures should be significantly more reliable.
As a consequence, we have slightly modified the Plugins directory UI. Where "total downloads" were reported previously, we now display sum of "recent downloads" from the last 90 days. So these stats now represent the current trends rather that overall downloads activity.
It turned out this can be seen as actual improvement as it allows new popular plugins to stay side by side with old and well established ones on the stats charts.
Additionally, the chart of plugin version downloads by month was improved to better visualise the history and trends of interest for particular plugin version. And, that chart's legend should now be a bit more compact for plugins with many versions available.
Hope you enjoy these news stats and thanks for understanding.