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Views for a question should not be raised higher when the question owner views it multiple times. As a owner of the script I might review a question multiple times, but, if it raises the view count, I do not get a fair idea how much times it has been viewed by others or if someone else has interests into that question.

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How do you know it does this? –  Roger Rowland Jul 8 '13 at 6:37
    
I think its unique views, so as long as you keep looking from the same computer your view should only count once –  Richard Tingle Jul 8 '13 at 6:38
    
@Richard - Agreed, probably that is what confusing me, as I checked after logging from another browser –  prasun Jul 8 '13 at 6:44
    
Mostly I access the site from the same computer. Sometimes when I open my previous questions (which was not activated when viewing) it raise the count by 1. And this happens almost everytime (AFAIR). –  hims056 Jul 8 '13 at 6:50
    
wouldn't it be useful to categorize as Anonymous views and member views as well? –  prasun Jul 8 '13 at 6:55
    
@prasun - No that's not a good idea (suggested in your comment). What's the point to differentiate it? –  hims056 Jul 8 '13 at 6:56
    
If I am viewing an answer to my question without being logged in and refresh it multiple times (refresh interval would atleast be 10 mins), the count would go higher –  prasun Jul 8 '13 at 7:00

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I have confirmed this, and it is very likely by design. There's no reason for SE to store the addresses of everyone who's ever viewed a question. Not only would that be a security problem, but it would also be an expensive query and take up a massive amount of disk space.

Very likely they cache the viewers' list for ~10 minutes, then dump it. That prevents people from refreshing repeatedly to increase views, but also keeps a more accurate view count. Remember, one person can view a question multiple times.

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Thank you that answers it –  prasun Jul 8 '13 at 8:24

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