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The number of views is not stored, that is why the users cannot get a chart or overview over time from Stack Exchange. Still: If storing is the problem, why not giving the users themselves the chance to store the views per question on their local drive or in an online "dropbox"?

Of course, everyone can just look up their most important questions and create an Excel sheet or print out a pdf of the question once in a while to have a history of its number of views, but that is manual work.

I suggest an export button that lets you manually export all of your queries together with their views and other information at the current timestamp into a json file or thelike on your local hard disk or into a "dropbox", at best updating the same existing file again and again so that you can extract data over time from just one file.

And in addition one might consider an option in the profile to do this automatically: store the csv after a certain time starting as soon as you visit the site, perhaps the file can also be saved online in a kind of dropbox so that it is not dependent on the computer you are working on. The highest possible storing frequency would be to update the file whenever you access a SO site, the lowest would be to store this once per quarter (or never).

This feature would meet a lot of interest, see the many earlier feature requests:

As a bonus to this feature-request, on Stack Exchange, there should be a feature that can load that local file and show the graphs and statistics for all questions saved locally in that file.

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I have a Stack Exchange Data Explorer query which you can run to generate a list of your questions across the network, including statistics like the number of views. It needs your network account ID, which you can find by navigating to https://stackexchange.com/users/current – you'll find the number in the URL of the page you'll end up on. SEDE has a built-in functionality to export the results as CSV, so you can keep an archive yourself, or save the page in the Wayback Machine (the latter only works if you provide the AccountId parameter in the URL, so https://data.stackexchange.com/stackoverflow/query/740847/networkwide-questions-per-account-ordered-by-view-count?AccountId=6085540).

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Please note that SEDE is updated only once a week, on Sunday morning.

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  • The feature request of a simple button on your profile site to get this private file remains. And the option to get an automated insertion of lines in that same file each week (or another time period that you can choose) as soon as you visit the site. And the option to upload that private file to an SE site where you get the time series stats and graphs of your queries as if they were your reputation graph. That is why I do not accept this as the answer, although it is brilliant and 90 % of the feature needed. The rest should stay an open feature request for the meta developers. – questionto42 Sep 5 '20 at 19:01
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    @Lorenz Doing this all manually with the existing tools we have is the best you're going to get. We are not going to invest time building extremely complicated features that only a tiny number of people would ever find useful, especially when those users can already do mostly the same thing with SEDE. – animuson Sep 5 '20 at 20:43
  • @animuson I is already a very good workaround that is offered here, true. Still I do not think that it is such a tiny number of people to find it useful. I am still OK with your comment here, I guess you are a developer or someone who can say this officially here. That is why I have accepted the workaround. – questionto42 Sep 7 '20 at 19:47
  • Shortcut to get the user ID in the URL: middle-click on the mouse on the badge symbol in the upper right menu. – questionto42 Dec 21 '20 at 22:51

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