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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 '15 at 0:33
  • Seriously? That is crazy to think that in 3 weeks, 24k people deleted their accounts and died. – Anthony Pham Mar 20 '15 at 0:35
  • Second I only lost 24k. If I lost all 25k, I would be at 0... – Anthony Pham Mar 20 '15 at 0:35
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    Nothing in life is certain but death and caching. – Shog9 Mar 20 '15 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 '15 at 0:48
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    Yeah, but they're all busy reading Lifehacks. – Shog9 Mar 20 '15 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" ;)) – Shadow The Dragon Wizard Sep 9 '15 at 8:53
  • That said, there are currently 165 such questions, so guess I've already lost my pendantic battle... :) – Shadow The Dragon Wizard Sep 9 '15 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. – Thomas Orozco Sep 9 '15 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 '15 at 2:36
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    Broken design is broken. – canon May 18 '15 at 17:13
  • @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 – Shadow The Dragon Wizard Sep 13 '15 at 21:56
  • ??? My answer just got a score of five and my impact just increased by like 25k – Anthony Pham Sep 13 '15 at 22:10
  • @PythonMaster what answer? Did you carefully check all the other criteria? – Shadow The Dragon Wizard Sep 13 '15 at 23:02
  • This one: meta.stackexchange.com/a/250690/278543 – Anthony Pham Sep 13 '15 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. – Shadow The Dragon Wizard Sep 14 '15 at 5:34
  • You are wrong... the second link says at least a score of five not more than five. – Anthony Pham Sep 27 '15 at 16:23
  • @PythonMaster this time you are right, a dev edited it now and fixed the incorrect information in there. Thanks! – Shadow The Dragon Wizard Sep 27 '15 at 17:10

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