Over the last few weeks I noticed a cool feature on SO where reputation and other attributes appear to be pushed to the browser, making it so I don't have to manually refresh to see reputation changes. I suspect this feature was driven to help reduce the number of requests from people simply refreshing the browser, if this is the case, have you guys noticed any significant decreases in the number of requests?
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Not at all, the feature was driven by the underlying goal of making our sites more awesome. It feels more awesome when you don't have to wait and stuff just happens without needing to hit the "refresh" button.
The median visitor will only visit a single page in a day, average will visit less than 2.
Well, we did not expect a noticeable decrease in the number of page views. Firstly it makes no sense since most users only visit a page. Secondly, when we improve our site and increase the awesome we usually notice an increase in traffic (which may be slightly counter intuitive here, but I believe still holds)
More concretely page views on Stack Overflow have been on the rise, we did notice a rather large increase around March 20 which may be due to data center changes (increased bandwidth), perf improvements or the moon.