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How does Stack Overflow calculate the number of views in a question?

How are question view counts calculated with respect to users that are logged in or anonymous?

I ask because sometimes when I ask a question on Stack Overflow, I really need to know the answer so I keep checking back on the site somewhat obsessive-compulsively.

I'm logged in every time, so does every time I go back count as a new view? Or only if some sort cookie has expired in my browser? Or once my user id views it, can I not create any more views?

I'm not trying to artificially inflate my views - I couldn't care less. I just want to know why I'm not getting an answer - is it because plenty of people are looking but nobody knows, or is it because nobody is even looking?


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From the glossary:


The number of unique visitors to a question or user profile.

So, I guess only your first visit counts.

  • 1
    So the asker’s automated view (which occurs right after posting) counts then?
    – Synetech
    Mar 2, 2010 at 17:31
  • I don't think visitor IP addresses are stored forever for each page though - that would be a huge list to keep in the DB.
    – Ether
    Mar 2, 2010 at 17:52
  • Every time I ask a question, it initially says 0 views, even if I reload several times. Hence my uncertainty. Mar 2, 2010 at 20:45
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    I know you can give a question multiple views. to see this, pick an old question of yours, go visit, and watch the viewcount bump by one the first time (but not the 2nd). Mar 2, 2010 at 21:30

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