The views counter is obviously wonky, I have one question with four upvotes and only two views.

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Well, twothree things:

  1. it's based on the IP address, so multiple hits from a single IP don't count -- could be several users from same IP.

  2. it is cached and written in batches, to reduce database load. The threshold here is 10 and 5 (meta).

  3. during private beta traffic is pretty low, relative to what it is when the site is public. So the views will be quite a bit smaller overall.

edit: I checked in a change to make the views a bit more reliable for some edge conditions, and I reduced the buffering threshold.

  • OK, I assumed it was like the voting, but it's not as strict.
    – Kinopiko
    Jul 10, 2010 at 6:55
  • I'm confused about point 2, wouldn't your views only be displayed in increments of 5? For the record I have the same issue and it seems like a long shot that these points would explain it. webmasters.stackexchange.com/questions/1266/… Jul 19, 2010 at 18:48

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