Not sure if meta is the right place for this: Did this question
If I gain, then someone else loses. Correct?
really get 2k views in 12 hours or is this a glitch? If it is not a glitch, does anybody have an idea what is going on? (E.g. :Someone is obsessive, it pops up on google, etc.)

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    $\begingroup$ Maybe it was in the hot network questions? That would also explain the strange answers. $\endgroup$ Jun 2, 2015 at 19:55
  • $\begingroup$ @TheAlmightyBob Also explains a lot of the low rep answers. $\endgroup$
    – Jamzy
    Jun 3, 2015 at 0:54
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    $\begingroup$ Is anybody else a little disappointed that people might think that question is representative of economics.se questions, or of economists more generally? $\endgroup$
    – Shane
    Jun 3, 2015 at 21:41
  • $\begingroup$ The question has a score of 9 and 12 answers, partly from users with (relatively) high reputation. Is this a sign of disapointment? $\endgroup$
    – user4239
    Jun 4, 2015 at 6:34
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    $\begingroup$ I agree with André. Despite the popularity of the question the answer with the highest score is quite detailed. $\endgroup$
    – Giskard
    Jun 4, 2015 at 6:35

1 Answer 1

select count(*) from HAProxyLogs.dbo.LogsLastTwoDays 
where Host = 'economics.stackexchange.com'   
  and Uri = '/questions/5913/if-i-gain-then-someone-else-loses-correct'
  and IsPageView = 1


Yep, seems legit. I checked our traffic logs and there are over 3,000 views in the last 21 hours since the question has been posted. (I did not check IPs, so this isn't 100% accurate for an actual view count, but it's close enough. There were a lot.)

The top referrer appears to be Stack Overflow, followed by NULL (read: we don't know), followed by stackexchange.com. My guess would be that the question made it into the Hot Network Questions list and did quite well at attracting views.


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