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Does viewing your own question add to its view count?

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Actually, it does, but we're extremely strict in the way we track viewcounts so it ends up not mattering a whole lot.

(as a point of reference, if we say a question has 1,000 views it probably has at least 2x real world views, and potentially as many as 5x real world views)

We do, however, suppress self-viewcount when viewing your own user page.

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just out of curiosity does it just count the first view and that's it? Hence not mattering. – MrABC Sep 1 '10 at 17:20
Does it really? Is that number cached in some way then? Normally when I first post a question it shows up as 0 views for a couple minutes, even though I'm clearly viewing it; I always assumed that meant self-views didn't count – Michael Mrozek Sep 1 '10 at 18:22
@Michael Yes, the views are cached. Check out the image in my profile's About Me section (I knew that thing would come in handy eventually). – Grace Note Sep 1 '10 at 18:45
@MrABC It counts more than just the first view. But even so, you're more likely to sabotage getting a Tumbleweed badge (provided you did get some cursory views) than you would get any of the badge-level viewcounts. – Grace Note Sep 1 '10 at 18:46
@Grace Oh, nice :). Thanks – Michael Mrozek Sep 1 '10 at 18:51

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