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To me:

[tag] × 188,341

reads much better than:

[tag] × 188341

Is it possible for you to update the display, or at least make it an option?

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Uh oh, you've summoned Jeff... with his giant comma! –  animuson Mar 18 '12 at 2:38
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What about cultures that don't use commas as place value separators? Should this be localized for all of them? –  Cody Gray Mar 18 '12 at 7:30
    
@TheEstablishment they are already weeping over the tag pages anyway... and the top users page... and their rep... –  AakashM Apr 18 '12 at 14:28
    
Related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/120971/… –  lockstep Apr 18 '12 at 23:27
    
animuson is referring to this –  AndrewC Sep 23 '12 at 17:35

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  1. Each person have own readability habits
  2. You forgot one thing - it's the whole World outside USA, and different countries have different regional settings. For me 188,341 may be (in context) 188 items.

So - or "no-no", or "user-configurable" without locale-guessing from IP or Accepted-Language in browser

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I totally agree, everyone has different readability habits and interprets symbols and numbers different. However, I did just noticed this though...: asked 3 years ago viewed 281,307 times active 3 months ago - so it should at least be consistent... –  dplante Mar 22 '12 at 22:08
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This is an American web site, so it would actually be more accurate to use the local thousand separator. Of course, if other languages were supported, the separators should reflect that. Also, how can you possibly have decimals in a fundamentally integer quantity? –  l0b0 Apr 18 '12 at 14:53
    
@l0b0: you're quite right, you can't have decimal places in an integer quantity. That's why it shouldn't be written with decimals ;) –  David M Apr 18 '12 at 15:27
    
@l0b0: Different Languages and different locales support is not the same. –  ypercube Sep 21 '12 at 13:54
    
And I don't see anywhere that this is an American site. And is it North-American or South-American? Or maybe Central-American site? –  ypercube Sep 21 '12 at 13:55
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@l0b0 What is going on here? How is this an American web site? Because its servers are hosted in a data center in the USA? So anyone outside of the USA is not welcome to use the site, and if they do, they must tolerate our inconsistent butchering of number formatting (among other things)? –  Aaron Bertrand Sep 21 '12 at 14:01

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