Do we care about number of views?


  • Admin

    Clearly my first question has already gotten some QQ but that's not going to stop me from asking some controversial questions wrt design 😛

    Does it matter how many views a post has? Can't this be hidden away somewhere only for if you were really interested? I think only OP really cares how many views the topic has, for epeen purposes. For me, I only care about how many participants / post count a topic has.

    EDIT:

    I think only OP really cares how many views the topic has

    Admins as well, to see how well their forum is doing.


  • GNU/Linux

    At its website I removed all displays number of views. I think they do not need. I think that few people pay attention to them.



  • I think leaving this public wont matter too much, but removing it from the thread list can be a good idea.


  • Plugin & Theme Dev

    @psychobunny It depends.
    If you are just asking because of theme, I'm Ok with it 😉 Whatever you will do with Persona.



  • It's currently hidden on mobile and tablet.

    I think de-cluttering is good in general. Get rid of everything unnecessary I say. But the question is, is the post view count necessary? Maybe not, but I kind of like seeing how many views a post has. If anything I'd say make the count a little less manipulable (currently hitting F5 increments it)


  • Plugin & Theme Dev

    @psychobunny Every use case is different from what I've seen as @Nicolas said, it just depends. I can think of a few ways views could be utilized, and thats via filtering by views. The determining factor of how content is sorted in Popular for example is by the number of posts. But what about views? I feel that its a neglected piece of data that should at least be utilized in some way.


  • Anime Lovers

    I don't necessarily care if this is not on the feed, but I wouldn't want it hidden away somewhere. I'd want it somewhere where people can find it relatively easy. I do pay attention to it, but it itself doesn't stop me from looking at a thread. Sometimes it does determine my read order though.


  • GNU/Linux

    Views shouldn't be used for measuring popularity, whatsoever. At least as it is now. You can keep spamming the refresh button or even write a tiny script to request a topic. There is really no checks in place. It is too easily manipulated.

    If that was changed to #views/#users, then it might become a good tool for measuring e.g. how many users have been reached with an announcement topic.


  • Community Rep

    @rbeer that's an interesting idea...



  • @rbeer said:

    Views shouldn't be use for measuring popularity, whatsoever. At least as it is now. You can keep spamming the refresh button or even write a tiny script to request a topic. There is really no checks in place. It is too easily manipulated.

    If that was changed to #views/#users, then it might become a good tool for measuring e.g. how many users have been reached with an announcement topic.

    Perhaps retention rate would be more appropriate: the mean or median % of the topic read.


  • Admin

    @Xiph, now there's a novel idea... with bookmarks now saved on the server, this is actually quite doable...


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