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How does Stack Overflow calculate the number of views in a question?

Are views unique visitors? Does it include the person who was asking the question? Are only registered users counted or also people who stumble upon the question from google?


I assume its unique views, because the number won't go up with each of my page refreshes ;)

  • Are you taking into account the caching of pages? – random Sep 20 '09 at 14:25
  • IIRC, registered users usually don't get cached pages, the last podcast talks about how they cache everything. If it wasn't the last one, it was the one before that – Dan McClain Sep 20 '09 at 14:27
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    They talk about caching pages in #67, but they still cache some things even if you are logged in. – random Sep 20 '09 at 14:34
  • They just cache much more aggressively if you are not logged in. – Josh Hunt Sep 21 '09 at 6:44

I think it is based on Unique IP addresses. As you can share the question with outsiders like on Google+, Twitter, Email, etc. So all those people will be classed at viewers to your question too. Also, when you post a question, you will see that it has already been viewed once, that is by the asker.

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