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marked as duplicate by Jeff Atwood Mar 25 '10 at 11:19

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Related post: – o.k.w Mar 16 '10 at 12:49
Well, it is less than 2^10, right? Or were you thinking of 10^3? – dmckee Mar 16 '10 at 14:05
@dmckee: I expected it to change after 512, aren't votes two bytes wide? Maybe he should declare his encoding, just to keep things clear. – ベレアー アダム Mar 16 '10 at 14:53
@dmckee: 1118 < 2^10? for shame! – Ether Mar 16 '10 at 16:18
up vote 2 down vote accepted

First, it's an edge case that is probably not worth fixing (yet - if ever).

Second, in the long discussions regarding the views (12.4 kviews vs 12k views) Jeff indicated that precision was important, and thus they weren't planning on postfixing numbers with k, m, etc. Although you can see that they do with some question views (such as the highest voted questions)

Third, precision is very important on the page itself - when people vote, they want to see the number increment. It will be very dissatisfying to vote up, and see 1.12k change to 1.12k.

I expect that 4 digits (up to 9999) will be sufficient for quite some time, and since it's an uncommon edge case anyway, a fix is unlikely.

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