The point came up to day that badges such as 'popular question' that are view based should really be based on votes not on views. The reasoning went something like this.
- Most of the traffic is now coming from Google and other search engines not SO's engine.
- These search engines aren't as good as we'd like to think so someone may hit 3 or 4 questions before they find the one their looking for.
That being the case, those 3 or 4 questions are getting recognized for something that they in fact should not be recognized for. They are just getting hit by accident.