I'm not sure if this is possible architecturally, but when judging whether to set a bounty and how much it should be, it would be nice to see the impact based on our previous questions. If you're not visiting the site throughout the day, there is no way to tell how effective that bounty might be--particularly for increasing traffic. There is a similar question with adding and removing tags that increase the visibility in the right places, and the effect on views that may have.

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Unfortunately we don't store this data over time, so aside from the view count from one data dump to the next, we have no more granular data available than that.

That's not to say we couldn't start storing this...but it wouldn't be good for the past, and it would be much more expensive (for not a lot of gain), since we handle quite a few views.

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So you are saying I was right? :) –  jjnguy May 24 '11 at 17:44
    
@jjnguy - oh didn't notice an answer before I tabbed back here...I was answering then for distracted by unicorns and team chat =P But yes, you're mostly right...except there is some historical data in the dumps. –  Nick Craver May 24 '11 at 17:45
    
those silly unicorns...always being distracting and stuff... –  jjnguy May 24 '11 at 17:47
    
Thanks--I figured that may be the case. What about the possibility of specific trackers, say a snapshot of the views every hour for questions with a bounty? –  Bryan Agee May 24 '11 at 18:08
    
Any updates, two years later? :) –  Shadow Wizard Apr 23 '13 at 20:43
    
I've never really looked but this sounds like the sort of thing you could poll the API for, if you're interested in a specific question, assuming nothing else has changed... –  ben is uǝq backwards Apr 23 '13 at 21:42
    
You have the time of all individual votes (account -> activity -> votes). So what's missing? –  Martin Schröder Apr 24 '13 at 22:03
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@MartinSchröder view count is what's being discussed here. Different than votes. –  jjnguy Apr 24 '13 at 23:16
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(Unofficial answer)

No. The views data is only stored as a simple counter. No historical data is kept, thus there is no way to present a graph of views over time.

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Sorry, that's wrong - you store the complete individual vote history. –  Martin Schröder Apr 24 '13 at 22:04
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@MartinSchröder they are asking about view history. –  jjnguy Apr 24 '13 at 23:10
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