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I don't think that users are just frantically hitting refresh on the Questions page so that each new question that pops up gets their attention as soon as it gets posted. I mean it's a good thing, but how?

edit: boom! 3 views already in less than a minute.

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Magic and Unicorns. – Bart Nov 17 '12 at 11:18
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We have many users. Some of us are also frantically hitting the Refresh button, to be honest. – Frédéric Hamidi Nov 17 '12 at 11:18
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ok, 2 comments in less than a minute. That explains it. Thanks. – laggingreflex Nov 17 '12 at 11:19
    
2 comments, one comment upvote, 6 views and an edit in 2 minutes :-). – ben is uǝq backwards Nov 17 '12 at 11:20
    
Do you mean on SO? I don't remember the exact data, but the number of visits/day is just huge. I'm not surprised that someone arrives/visits the main stream of question just when you ask it. – Alenanno Nov 17 '12 at 11:21
    
The websocket-based new-question notifications do allow for fast responses these days. No need for constant refreshing! – Martijn Pieters Nov 17 '12 at 11:25
    
@Martijn, I tried to convince my muscle memory about that, only with mixed results. – Frédéric Hamidi Nov 17 '12 at 11:34
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Er, how is "IMMEDIATELY" the same as "3 views already in less than a minute"? – Arjan Nov 17 '12 at 11:45
    
@Alenanno, see here. – Arjan Nov 17 '12 at 12:18
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Couldn't resist but take a screenshot of this. It seems they do genuinely start off with just your own view (a total of 1).

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If you used the new questions web-socket-powered live update feature, you always get a '1 view' counter. – Martijn Pieters Nov 17 '12 at 11:25

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