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Why is the minimum question view count not 0? I have never seen (if it's not buggy) a view count less than 1. Even for my own just published question.

Is it viewed by me? If that is true — what is the reason to make it 1, not 0?

  • @ShadowWizard please revise you action. – αλεχολυτ Sep 25 '16 at 11:42
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    OK. What about this one? (If you agree it's dupe, you can close it yourself with one vote) – Shadow Keeps Social Distance Sep 25 '16 at 11:46
  • @ShadowWizard seems same. But that answers are not clear for me. I.e. why view counter count my own view, but I can't say vote for my own question as usefull? When I publish question I want to know other people interest (view count/votes/favs) about question, not my own. – αλεχολυτ Sep 25 '16 at 11:55
  • You can only see the number of views on the question page, so you've already viewed it... ergo, min 1 view. – Cai Sep 25 '16 at 11:55
  • But you are not the only one using that information... Every user is. You are a user, so your view is counted. – Catija Sep 25 '16 at 12:04
  • @Catija if so, I could vote for my post as another user, but I can't. – αλεχολυτ Sep 25 '16 at 12:36
  • Voting gives rep, views don't. Not the same at all. – Catija Sep 25 '16 at 12:57
  • I usually have to view my question while asking them. The one view is you. – Revetahw says Reinstate Monica Sep 25 '16 at 18:54
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While it's true that views can give badges, a single view really doesn't count towards anything.

The minimum views that have any effect are 1000, giving a Popular Question badge. One view out of 1000 is really really minor.

Also, if you compare this to voting, voting is an active action: user has to explictly click something to perform this action. Views are passive actions: they are recorded behind the scenes, without any explicit action from the user causing them.

Last but not least, I am pretty sure that technically the views field starts indeed at 0, and updated whenever someone visits a question. Since the code automatically redirects the user to their question after posting it, the code updating the views executes, unaware who views the question.

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