For example, if you refresh the page 2 times that means 2 views? What I'm asking is whether the view count reflects reality or if it is inaccurately increased (like for example Beast Lair)

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  • Thank you XD. I delete the question I guess?
    – Lord
    Nov 4, 2016 at 10:37
  • No need, if somebody else would become curious enough, they can stumble upon it, and don't have to ask a new question for it ;)
    – Dimitri mx Mod
    Nov 4, 2016 at 10:39
  • The very last comment says unique per IP per 15 minute interval. So after 15 minutes refreshing works?
    – Lord
    Nov 4, 2016 at 10:48
  • I'm gonna rephrase it. I've been watching one question once a day for the last 9 days and the count view increased exactly by 9. Was it me?
    – Lord
    Nov 4, 2016 at 10:51
  • very likely yes
    – Dimitri mx Mod
    Nov 4, 2016 at 10:52
  • Well, I guess then it does inflate numbers a bit but it's mostly accurate.
    – Lord
    Nov 4, 2016 at 10:56

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There is a question over at meta.SE which goes into a lot of details. But here’s the gist of it:

  1. Every question page has a counter link embedded:
    http://stackoverflow.com/posts/3590653/ivc/[Random code]

  2. There is a throttle mechanism in action to prevent hitting F5 transforming into an inflated view count:

    • for anonymous users, IP + question number is saved
    • for registered users, user number + question number? is saved.

    Each of those as a pair and in an expiring cache entry which will expire after some fifteen minutes. If the cache entry still exists, refreshing the page will not generate a new hit. Otherwise it will.

Source for all of this is the accepted answer to the question linked above.

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