The economics beta site is now 31 days old, and has, Area51 reports, had just 138 visits per day on average. But this question alone - In a competitive market, why is movie theater popcorn expensive? - has had over 14k views - which is equivalent to over 400 visits for each of the 31 days that the site has been open.

How can that be? Does the area51 counting-algorithm crop the highest-viewed questions at a certain number of views, for the purposes of calculating visits/day?

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The "visits/day" number is the median number of daily visits for the past two weeks. Traffic from HN causes a spike for a day or two, but does not affect the median that much.

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this is correct –  David Fullerton Nov 12 '11 at 13:04
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Maybe you shouldn't call it "visits/day" if your calculation is nothing resembling visits divided by days... –  Michael McGowan Feb 29 '12 at 22:39
    
Is this correct as of 2013? –  AsheeshR Jun 17 '13 at 11:30
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