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?

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    $\begingroup$ 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? $\endgroup$
    – sai-kartik
    May 24 '20 at 4:48
  • $\begingroup$ maybe if the people you reached pass away I guess it is possible $\endgroup$
    – Buraian
    May 24 '20 at 16:59
  • $\begingroup$ @DDD4C4U Uhhhhh.. let's not get there ..... $\endgroup$
    – 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

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.

  • $\begingroup$ Here's what I'm thinking: If the user accepts the answer but later, if the post gets deleted by high-reps for whatever reason, I still reached a few people right?( Before the question was removed) $\endgroup$
    – sai-kartik
    May 24 '20 at 18:51
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, but just like reputation, deleted contributions don't count most of the time. $\endgroup$
    – Glorfindel
    May 24 '20 at 21:42

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