I got an Announcer badge for a question that has only been viewed 12 times, yet:

Announcer: Shared a link to a question that was visited by 25 unique IP addresses.

How does the question page view/hit work?

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Its been mentioned on both the SE blog and postcasts that the view counter on SE is conservative. So its likely your real view count is between 24 and 36 (before the meta post)

From The Trouble With Popularity

The cartoon question alone had over a million views by our extremely strict view counter — which easily translates to at least two million views, possibly three million

On the other hand the link tracking is defined in this answer from Jeff

It doesn't matter whether incoming visitors have an account or not, what matters is that the IP is unique and the shared link was clicked outside our network

There's clearly a difference between the view counter and the shared links counter and I suspect they won't release the exact algorithm for the view counter because people might try and get around it to get their question more attention by making it a hot question or to get one of the view based badges.


The number of views on the page is cached. I see it as 25 now.

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    I don't think so. Those views were probably because of this meta question.
    – a cat
    Mar 30, 2012 at 17:16
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    No, @lunboks is right. It definitely said "16" when I looked at it a minute or so after this question was posted. Mar 30, 2012 at 17:20
  • I agree with @lunboks and @TheEstablishment: it was 12 when I asked, then it gradually grew with time, but it was still <25 for quite a while. Mar 30, 2012 at 18:37

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