Just wondering: How come certain questions (example: Do unique icon contours help people scan?) have +1k views when most questions have below 100?

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  • Of note with such questions: when the question is long form, the question gets a lot of votes but the answers don't (as with this one). Looks like a "below the fold" issue. Also, there doesn't seem to be much conversion from interacting with this one question to further use of the site. I wonder if there are ways for us to promote further usage after seeing such high-traffic questions. – Rahul Jun 10 '11 at 14:19
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    Yeah that'd be an interesting challenge. Can't think of a solution spontaneously though. Just guessing: It might also have something to do with where the traffic comes from; I imagine that a twitter user often looks at several links in quite a short time and the chance of real interest in the topic (and UX in general) is probably quite small. – Phil Jun 10 '11 at 14:38
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    True, but if there were more calls to action oriented towards such hit/run traffic perhaps more would stick? – Rahul Jun 10 '11 at 15:27

Because people with a lot of followers, like Jin, share the link to the question.

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  • And this must surely be a good thing for the site. – boehj Jun 16 '11 at 19:37

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