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This is a rather trivial request, but I would imagine trivial to implement as well. I just received a notable question badge on SU and when I look at my question list, it says 3 kviews, even though it only has 2500 views. It looks like you want to limit the view count to 3 characters and 2.5 would fit. So how about formatting kviews as n.n until they reach 10?

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+1, but... how exact does the views count need to be, really? –  Pops Feb 18 '11 at 18:30
    
@Pop: I know, I'm nitpicking, but there's room and it's a simple formatting issue, so I thought I'd throw it out there. –  raven Feb 18 '11 at 19:08
    
@Popular: See my answer. When you want 2.5K, 2K is deceptive when in reality it's 1.7K –  The Unhandled Exception Feb 18 '11 at 20:15
    
@The, I did see your answer, but it's such an odd case. In general, there's no serious use for the views stat. For you, watching the question won't affect the number of views it gets, so there's little point in doing so. The number of views changes pretty slowly except in the rarest of cases. If you really want to track the exact number, you can always open the question in a separate tab to see its stats. And the proposed change still won't help for those last 50 views. –  Pops Feb 18 '11 at 20:50

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I like it. I keep watching the following, expecting that I am close to Notable Question for this question:

I'm so close!

In reality the question has 1,737 views. (No, I'm not doing all this just for more views! Ok, well maybe I am. No, I am not! I swear... really... :-)

I checked and sure enough, a single decimal would fit nicely!

But yet, so far...

So I think this would be a great feature.

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"A watched question, never becomes Notable" –  jzd Feb 18 '11 at 19:29
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ROFLMAO @Jon, that was one of the better edits I've seen :-) –  The Unhandled Exception Feb 18 '11 at 20:54
    
Wow, I had no idea that was the edit. +1 in spirit, @Jon. –  Pops Feb 18 '11 at 20:57

You can mouse over the number and the exact value will appear in the tooltip.

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In my opinion I see that counter as a "milestone" meaning if I get a rounding to 2K it means my question has been viewed at least 2'000 times and then the question is in the 2'000 - 2'999 range.

Even mathematically the error could be bigger, in a user point of view, it seems that logic make sense, no?

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It rounds up starting at 2.5k, so it actually means that the question is in the 2000 to 2499 range. –  Cody Gray Apr 12 '12 at 20:04
    
Not true for me the actual question (stackoverflow.com/q/5619395/628006) have 1'595 views and it still shows 2K... Does it means the ".5" rounding starts only after 2K, meaning "1.5K" does not exists? –  ruffp Apr 12 '12 at 20:17

For reference, these are the current inaccuracies

        range : margin of error
    0 -  1000 :    0 %
 1001 -  1499 :   33 % (at 1499, it is off by 499 against 1499)
         1500 :   25 % (reported as 2K, the error is 500/2K)

         .... : (consistently decreasing)

      -  9499 :  5.3% (at 9499, it shows as 9.9kV, so the error is 499/9499)
 9500 - 10000 :  5.0% (at 9500, error is 500/10K)
        10499 :  4.99%
        10500 :  5   %

         .... : (consistently decreasing thereafter)

(max of 33% off). Using x.x (1dp) for between 1k and 10k will reduce the maximum inaccuracy to 4.8% within the 1K-10K range, which is exactly the same as the inaccuracy for 10499 -> 10K.

        range : margin of error
    0 -  1000 :    0 %
 1001 -  1049 :  4.67%  (49/1049)
 1050 -  1149 :    0 % - 4.76%

         .... : (consistently decreasing)

      -  9949 :  0.49% (at 9949, it shows as 9.9kV, so the error is 49/9900)
 9950 - 10000 :  0.5 % (at 9500, error is 500/9500)
        10499 :  4.75%
        10500 :  4.76%

         .... : (consistently decreasing thereafter)
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