I'm not sure if META is the right place to ask such a question. If it's not suitable for here please let me know and I'll just delete it.
My problem is with the "xxx people reached" thing in my Math.SE profile. I just randomly checked my profile and really got a shock from it:
At first glance I thought I was overlooking a decimal point, but even with effort I simply couldn't find one! So I'm almost sure there is something wrong with the estimates here. As you can see, I'm a relatively newbie on this site (I love it very much and browse it on a daily basis, though) who have been a member for less than 2 years with just <5k reputation and altogether <300 posts here. Although I like regularly dropping comments under interesting posts, I don't think that would "impact" this great many people.
For confirmation I then went to checked some other veteran users (reps 10k to 40k) who have much richer experience and contributed much more than I have here, and, to my great astonishment, many of them even have lower estimates than I do! I think it's so ridiculous..
Whatever, this is not a very serious problem for this site. But for me personally, it will be very desirable to know a reasonable estimate of how many people I have reached, which is in some way an indicator of how much I have participated in or contributed to this site. I've always been very fond of and grateful to this site for all the help I've obtained from here, therefore I also wish to have a concept about how much I have done in return.
I'd be very grateful if anybody could kindly clarify or solve this problem for me.