I happened to notice a brand new question on meta.stackexchange.com:
What I failed to notice is that the units are different for this question than for the rest of the main page:
votes => kvotes view => kviews
The distinction is a bit more clear when you sort all the questions by votes:
I think it would be more clear what was going on if the units remained the same, but the values were presented differently:
1 => 1k 30 => 30k
1 => 1e3 30 => 3e4
The second has the advantage of preventing the number of characters from exceeding 3 for the foreseeable future.