I ran into this: For a certain user with many posts,


search gives (16.09.2019) 812 hits. Augmenting the search with

user:4505 views:..10000

gives none! (same with slight variants). That looks like a bug.

  • $\begingroup$ Could you explain why you think it's a bug? The results are merely telling you there are no posts by user 4505 with 10,000 or more views. That's plausible. $\endgroup$
    – whuber Mod
    Sep 16, 2019 at 12:51
  • $\begingroup$ No, ..10000 is abbreviated 0..10000 that is from zero to 10000 views. I would expect that to be close to 812 $\endgroup$ Sep 16, 2019 at 12:53
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    $\begingroup$ I don't follow. Could you provide a link to a help page that explains your abbreviation? BTW, if you think this is a bug, it's almost certainly system-wide and so your question belongs on SO meta rather than here. $\endgroup$
    – whuber Mod
    Sep 16, 2019 at 12:54
  • $\begingroup$ Well, in other contexts it seems to work like that. Try distributions views:0..100 $\endgroup$ Sep 16, 2019 at 12:56
  • $\begingroup$ Which syntax are you actually using: "0..100" or "..100"? $\endgroup$
    – whuber Mod
    Sep 16, 2019 at 12:57
  • $\begingroup$ For me those give the same result. $\endgroup$ Sep 16, 2019 at 12:57
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    $\begingroup$ @whuber As per stats.stackexchange.com/help/searching, "To search for only questions that fall within a particular range for score, number of answers, or number of views, you can enter an upper or lower parameter, or a range." Also stats.stackexchange.com/search?q=user%3A4505+views%3A..10000 this page actually says Search options: user 4505, views<= 10000 $\endgroup$
    – amoeba
    Sep 16, 2019 at 12:57
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    $\begingroup$ Perhaps this is because user 4505 did not ask a single question? $\endgroup$
    – amoeba
    Sep 16, 2019 at 12:59
  • $\begingroup$ @amoeba, you mean that the use of views implies is:question? It would be reasonable to expect it, when used with user, to look at the views related to that users posts, that is, the views on the questions to which he answered? $\endgroup$ Sep 16, 2019 at 13:04
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    $\begingroup$ Thank you @amoeba. I have the strong impression that views applies only to questions, too. This makes a great deal of sense, because a view count applies to the entire thread. It is therefore assigned to the question and not to the answers, all of which necessarily have smaller view counts than the thread. $\endgroup$
    – whuber Mod
    Sep 16, 2019 at 13:08
  • $\begingroup$ Well, it makes sense as implementation detail, but for searches which include also answers, answers should inherit the views count from the question, if only because that breaks nothing and makes search more useful. $\endgroup$ Sep 16, 2019 at 13:11
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    $\begingroup$ The problem of inheritance is that there is some problem with ambiguity of interpretation. The view-count of a question is not the view-count of an answer. Example: an answer can be made to an very old question, and obviously that answer has not been viewed every time the question has been viewed (in addition we only know whether or not the webpage has been loaded, it is not an actual 'act of viewing' and for answers this discrepancy may be larger than for questions). $\endgroup$ Sep 16, 2019 at 18:16
  • $\begingroup$ I can confirm that another user (me) who has never asked a question exhibits the same phenomenon as 4505 does. $\endgroup$
    – mdewey
    Sep 17, 2019 at 11:57

1 Answer 1


The views only relates to questions.

For instance try

user:me views:...1000000

which in my case only returns my questions and not my answers.

So user 4505 must have never asked questions.

Using some more advanced query on the database (matching answers with the views for their parent questions) you could obtain the information you look for.


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