My recent question has received three upvotes, yet it shows only 2 views. This seems wrong, as I understand views. Here's my screenshot (from Google Chrome):

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    I suspect caching...
    – Josh
    Sep 11, 2013 at 20:04
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    2 other users mentioned in chat that they were also seeing 2 views and 3 votes.
    – Beofett
    Sep 11, 2013 at 20:05
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    I meant server side caching, which Stack Exchange does heavily.
    – Josh
    Sep 11, 2013 at 20:32
  • Server side caching certainly makes sense, but I thought it worth clarifying that I checked to make sure that the issue wasn't strictly client side (or specific to my browser installation/configuration).
    – Beofett
    Sep 11, 2013 at 20:38
  • It's very likely caching. I don't see any problem right now.
    – Sklivvz
    Sep 11, 2013 at 20:46

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I remember a podcast or blog post where Jef Atwood (or Joel Spolsky?) explained that the number of views is a very crude estimation of how many people have viewed the question. They claimed the actual number of views is almost always considerably more, if not twice as much.

Apparently they are very conservative in their estimates. Their estimation algorithm could be updated based on this 'bug' though. :) It's a minor detail but it seems easily actionable.

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