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So, what constitutes a 'View' ?

Insomniacovrlrd (tom smith) 3 years ago updated by Digby (Community Manager) 3 years ago 6

Specifically, we have huge previews of images in our 'what's new?' list (when not in grid view).

From here we can promote, fave, or remove the image from our queue. You can also see 90% of the image plainly.


Are views tabulated simply by viewing it in this manner? I don't think they are. The only way to register a 'view' on a piece is to click into it. And the only thing you can really do by doing that, that you can't immediately do from the 'what's new?' list is comment on it.


So, you could end up with pictures having more faves than views, right? Which is absurd.


So, unless i'm totally wrong about this, i'd like to know what people think on the subject. I know that i'm glancing at artwork in this huge preview, and then closing it. If i don't have something to say on it, that artist doesn't get a view from my interaction, even though i definitely looked at it for a few seconds.

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Currently, views are only calculated when looking at a full size image, and it only counts unique views. You are correct that viewing an image in the activity history or What's New feed does not count towards that total.


We're currently going to keep the total count of views the same. However, statistics are interesting, and it could be neat to see the total number of impressions (similar to Twitter) that you get on users' feeds rather than how many clicked to view the full image. After having helped with social media, though, it's clear to me that people engaging with the post (clicking, favoriting, promoting, and downloading) have the greatest influence for establishing a strong following. I think seeing how many people clicked "download" could be helpful.


If we have more demand for these types of statistics later, we can discuss these options with our development team.

It's definitely interesting to see how this impacts statistics... It makes me wonder if views should even be calculated at all with the way feeds are displayed— Perhaps only favorites and promotions should be displayed instead.

Well, views versus watchers is a rough indication of how many of your viewers bothered to open your picture. If you're trying to cater to them, seeing one picture with much higher/lower views than another in your gallery is a good indication as to what sort of content they want. If you didn't track them at all, that would all be out the window. Pesonally i really like the big images, but i feel like witnessing it in that mode should count as a view. Hell, if we were allowed to comment in that preview area as well, there'd be no reason to ever click into the images themselves? Which could be fine, but as thing are it's a little busted.

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I'd recommend smaller preview images. Small enough one cant quite make out all detailing. Too big previews and people have no incentive to go in and look closer.

Either that, or viewing the larger previews should just count as a view on a submission. I wish we could get some sort of staff feedback on this.

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Currently, views are only calculated when looking at a full size image, and it only counts unique views. You are correct that viewing an image in the activity history or What's New feed does not count towards that total.


We're currently going to keep the total count of views the same. However, statistics are interesting, and it could be neat to see the total number of impressions (similar to Twitter) that you get on users' feeds rather than how many clicked to view the full image. After having helped with social media, though, it's clear to me that people engaging with the post (clicking, favoriting, promoting, and downloading) have the greatest influence for establishing a strong following. I think seeing how many people clicked "download" could be helpful.


If we have more demand for these types of statistics later, we can discuss these options with our development team.