Can the number of people you reached decrease?

I was just wondering if the number of people you reached could decrease. Is it possible?

I'm asking this question, because I have first noticed that the number of people I reached was shown ~3k (I might be mistaken over here) and when I checked later, it showed ~2k. Unless it was my mistake, could this possibly happen?

• I would say this might happen if you reached quite a large number with one post and the post gets removed for some reason. Would I be right in assuming this? – sai-kartik May 24 '20 at 4:48
• maybe if the people you reached pass away I guess it is possible – Buraian May 24 '20 at 16:59
• @DDD4C4U Uhhhhh.. let's not get there ..... – sai-kartik May 24 '20 at 18:48

You could be right, this could happen when a post has been deleted, but there might be another reason for this: an answer of yours used to be one of the top answers on a question, but due to downvotes, upvotes on a competing answer or an unaccept it doesn't qualify anymore for the 'people reached' formula, which is described here: We're working on a new stat to help convey the reach of your posts here.

That's how we got to the current method, which counts views on the following:

• Questions
• Non-deleted only
• 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

View counts on individual posts never decrease.

Be aware that this number is just an estimate; it's roughly the number of