From We're working on a new stat to help convey the reach of your posts here, the following snippet taken from the announcement posted December 2, 2014, shows that the data displayed is only an estimate
Views of pages where your helpful posts had some decent probability of being seen.
That doesn't mean we know the visitor scrolled to your post, or that your answer helped them - we simply don't track that. But we should be able to estimate the likelihood of a given question or answer been seen as useful by viewers without enabling the 25th answer on an insanely popular post to get a lucky up-vote and credit all the views to the new author.
That's how we got to the current method, which counts views on the following:
- Answers - Views of the parent question for answers that are:
- Non-deleted AND
- Score > 0 AND
- Also meets one or more of the following criteria:
- In the top 3 answers OR
- Is the Accepted Answer OR
- Score at least 5 OR
- Has at least 20% of the total vote count
There are several SEDE (Stack Exchange Data Explorer) queries available for those curious to find the total number of views any one person's contributions have generated. For example, this query shows between 2011 and 2019, Barrie England's answers have helped a staggering 48,552,008 people/visitors.
Related: What is "People helped" and why does it exist at all?
What's the formula for the "impact" figure on my user profile page?