How can a post be viewed 7 times and downvoted 8 times? Is it a bug?


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    I don't think that view counter is completely up-to-date. I've seen minor (~ 1 min.) delays before it actually increments. – Mysticial Aug 16 '12 at 7:41
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    Votes are updated automagically...views are not. Nothing to see here. Additionally: Caching. Can you still repro this? – Time Traveling Bobby Aug 16 '12 at 7:41
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    Maybe it's a really terrible question? – PeeHaa Aug 16 '12 at 7:43
  • The question was removed. It was spam. this is the link – juergen d Aug 16 '12 at 7:43
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    For everyone with 10k. The votes are at -9, views are at 8 at the moment. – Time Traveling Bobby Aug 16 '12 at 7:43
  • @WaffelizedBobby It's removed removed :) – PeeHaa Aug 16 '12 at 7:44
  • When I jump to a very old question with low views, it usually takes a few refreshes before it registers my view. On the flip side, when a question is hot on Reddit, every single refresh (even seconds apart) has a higher view count. So the updates aren't being "batched". They just lag. – Mysticial Aug 16 '12 at 7:44
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    Hm, can't see if the question is closed or not, but off topic and not a real question closures cast an automatic downvote... – yannis Aug 16 '12 at 8:22

The view counter on posts is a bit of a liberal approximation, by design. Stack Overflow gets a lot of pageviews and it's easier to just drop a few views every now and then than try to make it 100% accurate.

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    Also note that we only count unique IPs, so two users from the same company would only count as one view. – Jarrod Dixon Aug 21 '12 at 3:06

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