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I have already read 2 other similar questions on meta - this one and this one. However I still don't see the answer to my specific question - are my own views on my questions excluded from the count?

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They are included in the count. If you refresh the page after a few minutes, you will see that the counter has increased.

I discovered this feature when I periodically refreshed my question to check for new answers and comments. At every refresh, the counter increased by at least one.

A commenter said that s/he don't like that his/her own views are also counted on own questions. Me neither. A long time ago, I have created the following userscript.

// ==UserScript==
// @name           SO: Do not increase view count
// @namespace      Rob W
// @include        http://stackoverflow.com/questions/10541225/*
// @include        http://stackoverflow.com/questions/8893269/*
// @include        http://stackoverflow.com/questions/9519676/*
// @include        http://stackoverflow.com/questions/9847580/*
// @run-at         document-start
// ==/UserScript==

location.href = 'javascript:(' + function(){
    var qid = '/posts/' + /\/questions\/(\d+)/.exec(location.pathname)[1] + '/ivc';
    var xhr_proto = XMLHttpRequest.prototype;
    var orig_open = xhr_proto.open;
    xhr_proto.open = function(type, url, async, username, password) {
        if ((url+'').substr(0, qid.length) === qid) {
            orig_open.call(this, 'get', '/reputation');
            console.log('Cancelled ' + url);
        } else {
            orig_open.apply(this, arguments);
} + ')();'
console.log('No IVC at ' + location.pathname);

To add a new question to the no-view list, just add @include http://<site>/questions/<id>/* in the meta-data section.

This is not restricted to your own questions. In fact, Using @include * will block the view counting on any site which matches the Stack Exchange's view counting method.

Use case: I want to see if my monitored questions have received any updates. When I open the question with my script enabled, I won't get the false hope that someone is looking at it ;)

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And here I was thinking people were interested in my questions ;) –  Lix Feb 13 '12 at 12:45
Uh oh ... so that means the count is not strictly reflective of the interest my question has received! –  curioustechizen Feb 13 '12 at 12:50
View and refresh your user profile's question list instead. –  Daniel Beck Feb 13 '12 at 12:56
@techie.curious That's right. If you want to read your (comments/answers to) your own question without affecting the count, you can visit the Activity/Responses tab at the profile. –  Rob W Feb 13 '12 at 12:58
Is this not a bug? I for one do not like that my own views are counted... –  Prasanta Behera Aug 31 '12 at 6:16
@Curious Me neither. I have written a userscript which prevents my own views from being counted on my own questions (for convenience, the IDs are hard-coded; I have only 2 questions, so that's maintainable). I'll edit my answer to include that script, in case anyone wants it. –  Rob W Aug 31 '12 at 8:03
@RobW Can you share the script for the greater common good? Thanks! :) –  Prasanta Behera Aug 31 '12 at 8:06
@Curious Done, have fun with it. –  Rob W Aug 31 '12 at 8:14
+1, unfortunately I can't upvote yet! –  Prasanta Behera Aug 31 '12 at 8:16
@Curious No problem. I think that you might also be interested in my "View vote totals without 1000 rep" script. It allows you to view the +/- votes on a post. –  Rob W Aug 31 '12 at 8:18

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