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As stated in the question "Does the number of views on an SO question exclude my own views?" the views of the question asker are included in the view count of a question.

I think it would be a good idea to exclude those views. Especially for rarely visited questions this creates a bias in the count. This way the view count would be a stronger indicator for interest in a question.

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It's one view. We already have a crazy conservative view counter. –  Ben Brocka Jul 27 '12 at 16:55
    
The information on the other question is wrong or outdated. I just visited an old question of mine to confirm. The view counter doesn't increase. –  sudo Jul 27 '12 at 16:56
    
@Dennis are you sure? My experience is that it counts... –  Scolytus Jul 27 '12 at 16:57
    
How can you be sure nobody else viewed your question in the meantime? –  sudo Jul 27 '12 at 16:58
    
@Dennis: You should have viewed your old question the moment after your posted it. The system should have counted that one view, which is what's preventing you from going back to it now and counting it again. –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Jul 27 '12 at 16:59
    
@BoltClock'saUnicorn: The accepted answer on Does the number of views on an SO question exclude my own views? says: If you refresh the page after a few minutes, you will see that the counter has increased. –  sudo Jul 27 '12 at 17:00
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Unless, @Ben, it's really limited to counting one view per IP per 15 minutes, like Jeff commented in October 2010: "our view counts are very very strict -- more akin to visits as they are unique per IP per 15 minute interval". (Of course, maybe being logged in, or not, matters too for those 15 minutes.) –  Arjan Jul 27 '12 at 17:01
    
@Arjan oh, so it's like...10 views, instead of 1. The concern would be if I could sit here and hold F5 and get a billion views; but that's a problem beyond the asker viewing the question. –  Ben Brocka Jul 27 '12 at 20:51
    
If you want to exclude your own view counts, have a look at the user script at this question: Does the number of views on an SO question exclude my own views?. –  Rob W Dec 23 '12 at 10:05

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This feature request is already solved (basically). If you are worried about the view count not accurately displaying people's interest in your question, then Arjan's comment above with Jeff Atwood's answer should should shed some light on that.

"our view counts are very very strict -- more akin to visits as they are unique per IP per 15 minute interval."

If your question is reasonably popular, you'll have nothing to worry about. Unless you're systematically viewing your questions...

If you're like this user who attempted to write a script to sneak in the 10K views for a badge, then you'll have some more issues to factor in ;)

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Than it's fine, one view is absolutely OK ;) –  Scolytus Jul 27 '12 at 16:59
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Any reference for this? –  Arjan Jul 27 '12 at 17:03
    
Yeah, reference would be great. Or is it just a guess? –  Scolytus Jul 27 '12 at 17:04
    
good to include my sources and read a little more on the subject. It appears that your views may count multiple times, but it doesn't seem drastic enough that it would seriously distort the ability to see the interest your question(s) are getting. Learn something new everyday. –  Ason Jul 27 '12 at 17:12
    
@Arjan - would you mind if I added in what you found? That or made your own answer? I think your findings in the comments belong as an answer. –  Ason Jul 27 '12 at 17:15
    
Edit as you like, of course! (And, of course, no need to mention me. I will delete my comments later on.) –  Arjan Jul 27 '12 at 17:15
    
@Arjan - just. can't. take. credit for it.. –  Ason Jul 27 '12 at 17:26

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