How come the views for this question is at 2,732 if it was only posted today? It has a lot of answers, too! Is this a bug or is this really happening? How has this happened?

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  • It was probably featured somewhere, e.g. In the "hot questions" list.
    – Pekka
    Apr 4, 2014 at 3:54
  • but there are 2732 view ,is that possible ? I never see before @Pëkka
    – Nelson
    Apr 4, 2014 at 3:55
  • Post in question: programmers.stackexchange.com/questions/234657/…
    – Travis J
    Apr 4, 2014 at 3:55
  • 31
    I can't imagine there's even that many people on the whole internet.
    – jonsca
    Apr 4, 2014 at 3:56
  • 3
    It is in the "hot questions" list. I thought about clicking on it myself, but I've seen this question and the answer to it so many times that I did not. But I can see the appeal. I believe the number. (Did not click before reading your question, that is. Now it has another view from me, and more views from other MSO users.) Apr 4, 2014 at 3:58
  • We have even had questions on Security Stack Exchange with many thousand views in their first day - if they get on HN or reddit, or even Slashdot it is almost inevitable.
    – Rory Alsop
    Apr 4, 2014 at 9:16

2 Answers 2


This is entirely possible. It isn't extraordinary or a bug.

Ten answers is rather a lot, but it happens. As for the views, it's in our hot network questions list and enough people seem interested in it. By comparison, another question on the hot questions list has 8,571 views and 16 answers.

the question being referenced is #2 on the list at the moment


No bug here. The question got into the network hot questions list, which gets shown on the sidebar of just about every page on the network. Since the sidebar list is about a quarter of the full list (chosen randomly), and at least the top five entries are always visible, there's a 5% chance that someone who loads a new page will see your question. 5% of a lot is still quite a lot, and many of those who see it go check out the question, hence lots of views.

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