I am getting the notable question badge when it is 3k views, not 2.5k views, but the badge says for 2.5k views. Now awhile ago it wasn't as easy to get this badge but now it is easier. We should not be giving this badge this easily. I am wondering why I didn't get this badge when I had 2.5k views like it said earlier... Seems ambiguous to me.
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Part of the problem seems to be round-off error. This question had just over 2500 views when I looked at it, but that figure is shortened to 3k in your profile stats.
If you mean this question, then it's possible that it should have been given just after 2,500, but the service could have been backlogged or not running.
The average question does not receive anywhere near 1,000 views, nevermind 2,500. So it is a notable question once it's reached that number of views.
Older October 2009 data on Stackql (stateoverflow is giving me a 403):
select avg(p.ViewCount) from Posts p
I should be removing deleted posts, but I suspect that isn't going to change the average that much. 81 views is not a lot, and 2,500 views is 30 times more than the average.