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I observed a reduction in views to questions since some week. I used to hit tens of views rather quickly, but now I hardly reach 10. This is strange, because I am mostly asking questions in java, which should be pretty popular. See for example

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2513245/how-can-i-know-if-an-applet-is-running-in-a-browser-vs-invoked-from-eclipse (17 views)

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2513583/how-to-search-string-under-cursor-in-eclipse/ (18 views)

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2513976/abstract-class-mouseadapter-vs-interface (28 views)

Also the most viewed questions are around 800 views, not very high I would say. Did something change in the site traffic? did the vote recount piss off people so much that they left ? Or maybe I am extrapolating from a too limited/biased dataset ? Also, there has been an openid outage, and depending on how visits are counted (with/without anonymous) many people could have been logged out.

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

There was a bug in the way views were recorded, which made them artifically high.

This bug was fixed a few months ago.

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I assume this should, in principle, affect the badges obtained so far. Not that it matters... clearly. Well, at least to me... – Stefano Borini Mar 26 '10 at 5:14
    
they weren't THAT much higher. It's also quite possible that with increased traffic each question will get fewer views, as it gets pushed off the homepage and question pages faster. – Jeff Atwood Mar 26 '10 at 5:35
    
very good point. My observation was rather abrupt, so I assumed something due to a well-localized event. Increased traffic tends to be smooth, and should decrease the transit time smoothly. – Stefano Borini Mar 29 '10 at 5:35

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