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When is the profile view count incremented? I tried opening the page from different browsers and in incognito mode. But none of my attempts were counted. How do they realize that its me?

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    If I recall correctly; the profile never counts you, or double counts "recent" people. Where recent means about 10 minutes. I believe this is IP based hence incognito mode doesn't fool it – Richard Tingle Nov 15 '13 at 11:25
  • @RichardTingle What method SO uses then? AnyWay that's not cookies. Something else – Subin Jacob Nov 15 '13 at 11:26
  • @SubinJacob These are just my recollections, they may be wrong. But I believe it is based purely on IP address; the last 10 minutes of IP addresses are cached and new IPs are checked against them – Richard Tingle Nov 15 '13 at 11:29
  • @Anna the dupe doesn't have official answer just a guess, so can you please make many people happy by revealing the actual algorithm being used? – Shadow The Dragon Wizard Jul 18 '14 at 19:02

It's based on IP addresses, also it'll count just one visit each hour for the same user.

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    Wait, so if someone re-views a question an hour later, that gets counted again, but if someone views a question while logged into their account, then someone else views the question a minute later while logged into their own account, but both are from the same network (e.g., home-router NAT), then only one view is counted? Only anonymous views should be counted per-IP, logged in users should be counted per-user. – Synetech Dec 18 '13 at 18:36
  • This post seems to indicate what I suggested is indeed how it works. – Synetech Dec 18 '13 at 19:04

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