I just noticed this, and I don't think it used to display this way. It seems to make more sense as "k views". Can we change it (back)?

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    Not a fan of kilowatts or kilometers? What's so wrong about kiloviews? – Super Long Names are Hilarious Nov 13 '09 at 8:08
  • ok then. initially thought it was a rendering/spacing issue. – helloandre Nov 13 '09 at 8:23
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    I hate 'kviews'. Why? Because I'd like the number value directly comparable to the values above and below it. Consistent units in the column is a good thing. – Stu Thompson Nov 14 '09 at 9:09
  • Care to recover the image and use the official upload (to Imgur) to add it again? Thanks. – Arjan Apr 25 '12 at 5:45

Starting with the next build (rev 2014.5.23.2267 here on meta and 2014.5.23.1623 elsewhere):

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P.S. Rest in peace, "manswers".

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  • "manswers" - was that really what it would've shown for a question with a million answers? :) – Mysticial May 23 '14 at 21:33
  • @Mysticial See my edit. :) – Adam Lear May 23 '14 at 21:37
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    Oh dear... Talk about future-proofing in case the bike-shed problem never got fixed. :D – Mysticial May 23 '14 at 21:39
  • Minor thing, but I thought I'd mention it anyway. It looks like the favorites page is still using kviews. Everything else looks great! – Mysticial May 23 '14 at 22:14
  • @Mysticial Whoops, missed that one. Will be fixed in the next build. Thanks! – Adam Lear May 23 '14 at 22:23

I seem to recall it being more like:


which reads better to me than


It's really easy to miss the "kviews" when scanning because it's tiny compared to the number. I prefer the first way.

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  • The first way breaks down when you get questions with 10s or even 100s of kilo views. – ChrisF Nov 13 '09 at 9:49
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    10s should be fine. Maybe for 100s we could use the lakh: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lakh – Greg Hewgill Nov 13 '09 at 10:08
  • I was just about to ask what are 'kviews'. Now that I read. It's a new measurement? Kiloviews? What the hell are 'kviews' This confuses and angers me!!! – Kelbizzle Jan 29 '10 at 2:45
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    I am color blind. I can't find the kviews very easily. 123k seems to make it large and clear, as it should be. – A Student at a University Jun 6 '10 at 20:13
  • Aaah, I get it now -- "thousands of views". Obviously, it's not immediately obvious. How do you think I found this thread? :) – zourtney Nov 5 '10 at 16:43
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    Found this thread in the same way... nfc what 'kviews' meant. I see the "status-bydesign" tag which means "intentional and not subject to correction". Sure it might be intentional but that doesn't mean it can't be subject to correction? I agree '10k views' > '10 kviews'. – Pricey Feb 4 '11 at 13:34

I think the k should be adjacent the number, and not part of some new unit. I've two reasons:

  1. The column values should all be of the same units.
  2. Consistency with elsewhere in the application, like from the All Questions page

The 'kviews' thing knots up my knickers like you wouldn't believe. It's like someone took my pony away. Childish, I know. But please...make it better.

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I'm always a fan of standard form

How about 3x10^3 views?

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    3e3 is shorter, and scales well to more than the number of electrons in the universe. :) – Greg Hewgill Nov 15 '09 at 19:19

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