I posted this question a few weeks ago. The photo I posted shows that I had impacted 25k people. Now it says this: enter image description here

I only impacted 1k people, 24k less than what my impact was a few weeks ago! I am sure that 24k people didn't delete their accounts within a few weeks and this is probably a bug. What happened to my impact score?

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    It's been estimated that over 100K people die every day. You're lucky you only lost 25K views...
    – Shog9
    Mar 20, 2015 at 0:33
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    Seriously? That is crazy to think that in 3 weeks, 24k people deleted their accounts and died. Mar 20, 2015 at 0:35
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    Second I only lost 24k. If I lost all 25k, I would be at 0... Mar 20, 2015 at 0:35
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    Nothing in life is certain but death and caching.
    – Shog9
    Mar 20, 2015 at 0:36
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    @Shog9 Yeah but you know there were about 350K births per day in 2002, that's a lot of legal new users per day.
    – Jason C
    Mar 20, 2015 at 0:48
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    Yeah, but they're all busy reading Lifehacks.
    – Shog9
    Mar 20, 2015 at 0:53
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    @Thomas support question can't really be "by design", or more accurate to say it's always by design, as it means a question about existing feature. (so we can, in theory, mark all support questions as "by design" ;)) Sep 9, 2015 at 8:53
  • That said, there are currently 165 such questions, so guess I've already lost my pendantic battle... :) Sep 9, 2015 at 8:55
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    @ShadowWizard You're... indeed being a little bit pedantic (especially considering you actually included that in your own answer). There was a flag that the official stance was a bit unclear from reading the question, so I thought I'd add a tag to address that. I think it's fine here. Sep 9, 2015 at 9:00

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Well, you did post an answer here, which has positive score, and the question got 24K views - exactly what you are missing.

However, as explained here:

That's how we got to the current method, which counts views on the following:

Answers - Views of the parent question for answers that are:

  • Non-deleted AND
  • Score > 0 AND
  • Also meets one or more of the following criteria:
    • In the top 3 answers OR
    • Is the Accepted Answer OR
    • Score >= 5 OR
    • Has at least 20% of the total vote count

So in the first few days after posting your answer, its score was enough to satisfy the last condition above (Has at least 20% of the total vote count) but as new answers were posted there with more and more votes, you lost the impact.

Bottom line: .

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    This is correct - the methodology has two significant "super-weird" possibilities, both of which are pretty darn rare. This is one: if a question gets a very large number of views quickly, and THEN attracts a very large number of answers after yours AND yours has fewer than 5 votes, AND it isn't in the top 3, AND its not accepted you can potentially pick up a noticible increase here that's then lost. Which is weird. But is fairly rare. I think this meta post may literally have more answers than any other.
    – Jaydles
    Mar 20, 2015 at 2:36
  • @PythonMaster please don't put wrong and misleading info in my answer. I checked now and the official post by SE employee still clearly says bigger than 5, not bigger or equals. If you have proof it's not the case, please provide link first. And even so, first fix that original post I am quoting Sep 13, 2015 at 21:56
  • ??? My answer just got a score of five and my impact just increased by like 25k Sep 13, 2015 at 22:10
  • @PythonMaster what answer? Did you carefully check all the other criteria? Sep 13, 2015 at 23:02
  • This one: meta.stackexchange.com/a/250690/278543 Sep 13, 2015 at 23:11
  • @PythonMaster well, agree it looks like you're correct but it might also be a bug as far as we know. We can't change features based on what we see. Feel free to start a new support question or bug report explaining what happened in your case and we'll see. Sep 14, 2015 at 5:34
  • You are wrong... the second link says at least a score of five not more than five. Sep 27, 2015 at 16:23
  • @PythonMaster this time you are right, a dev edited it now and fixed the incorrect information in there. Thanks! Sep 27, 2015 at 17:10
  • Could anyone tell me what score>5 means here? thx
    – Zinna
    Jul 27, 2021 at 18:25
  • @Zinna it means score bigger (more than) five. (The ">" sign is used in basic math and means "the item to the left is greater than the item to the right") Jul 28, 2021 at 7:15
  • @ShadowWizardWearingMaskV2 Obviously yours is no the answer I am looking for. I want to know what the score really means here? How can you get the score that counts for this?
    – Zinna
    Jul 28, 2021 at 17:11
  • @Zinna score is upvotes minus downvotes. For example if there are 5 upvotes and 3 downvotes, the score will be 2. Hope it's clear? Jul 28, 2021 at 17:43

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