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In the past three days, I have been viewing two of my new Instructables a lot. I have been making a lot of changes and I periodically reload it just to see how many views I have. When I continue to reload my Instructable, does it count toward my views? When I reload it, it doesn't go up, but I am wondering if that is because of some sort of latency, or cache, etc.

I really hope it doesn't, because I don't want it to look like I am rigging views, lol. I also want to have an accurate count of how many people are looking at my Instrucables.

If you can answer my question, it would be much appreciated.

Cheers,
Darman12 

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darman12 (author)2013-08-19

Should I leave this topic up for future people to see, or just delete it?

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mikeasaurus (author)darman122013-08-20

You are welcome to leave it up if you like, or delete it.

Viewing your own project does count as a page view. Unless you are loading up 50+ instances of your project then I don't think you are in danger of being called out for view-rigging. I usually have about 30 views for my projects before they go live, as I like to tinker with the layout before I share.

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darman12 (author)mikeasaurus2013-08-20

Alright, I'll leave it up. Thanks for responding.

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caitlinsdad (author)2013-08-16

There are supposedly distributed caching servers for viewing the instructables. The counts can vary depending on the one you hit. Going to your profile page is probably the most accurate counters. Updates to edits usually appear pretty quick. Stats, sometimes not so quick. I think the counts are ip based so it somehow distinguishes different people as a new view and ups the count. So if you are an ibles addict, like me, repeat viewings will not bump up the viewcount.

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Kiteman (author)caitlinsdad2013-08-17

Also, view counts aren't "live", the numbers appear to jump every 10-20 minutes, when you reload (or return to) a page.

As far as I can tell, author views do not count at all, otherwise we would never see a project arrive in the recent lists at "zero views".

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darman12 (author)Kiteman2013-08-17

I do notice that they jump once in a while. Maybe the first author view does count, there is just some sort of latency.

Last night when I logged out, I searched my Instructable just as an experiment. It said I had about 100 less views than it reported when I was logged in. There is some sort of thing going on there.

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Kiteman (author)darman122013-08-17

Yes, logged-in members get a more up-to-date view, logged-out viewers are about 30-60 minutes behind the curve.

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darman12 (author)Kiteman2013-08-17

That's pretty interesting. Is that just a perk for members or is it meant to allocate the servers' power more effectively?

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Kiteman (author)darman122013-08-17

I think the latter.

(I'm working from old memories of past conversations with HQ.)

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darman12 (author)Kiteman2013-08-17

Thanks for you input, and for letting me pick your brain so much :)

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darman12 (author)darman122013-08-17

I use smileys a lot... I think I might be over using them.

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darman12 (author)Kiteman2013-08-17

Well, only three on this thread, haha. And I use "haha" a lot. Geez.

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darman12 (author)caitlinsdad2013-08-16

Great, thanks for letting me know! I am super relieved that I'm not bumping up views on my Instructables :)

On a totally unrelated topic, do you know a quick and dirty recipe for edible glue?

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caitlinsdad (author)darman122013-08-16

I guess most white craft glues are non-toxic edible, won't taste too good. How much were you planning to eat? Flour and water makes papier mache glue.

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darman12 (author)caitlinsdad2013-08-16

I only need a couple tablespoons, three at most.

I actually found one... you use two parts sugar one part water. Then just warm it up over med /low heat on a stove until it thickens. I don't need that much, but I imagine you need enough so it doesn't burn when you heat it up. Thanks for your suggestion though :)

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caitlinsdad (author)darman122013-08-16

Depends on what you want to stick and how long you want it to hold together. Simple syrup is brittle when it dries.

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darman12 (author)caitlinsdad2013-08-16

I want to stick it to uncooked spaghetti noodles. They will be bunched together. It only needs to last for 20 minutes, or however long your attention span is. I can't go into too much detail because it is for an Instructable ;)

I'm going to try out this glue and see how it works. I'll let you know how it works.

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