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Let's clarify something: this is a free Q&A site where everyone participating—and mostly those who answer questions—volunteers their time to help others. It's the actual process of doing so that should keep users doing it. Why else would I be spending my time here? And that does not even include the possibility to learn something yourself by researching ...


Short answer: It's tracked by IP, so you can't just refresh and increase view counts. Long answer: Read the Meta Stack Overflow topic here: How does Stack Overflow calculate the number of views in a question? – it goes into much more detail.

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