In my profile it says the impact reached is 214k people. How is this possible? I checked all of my answers and questions and there is no way they total up to 200k+ people reached. Is this a bug?

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It's not a bug, but it can be confusing if you aren't familiar with how it works.

It's the sum of your question views + the sum of the views of a question you have an answer on that meets certain criteria.

The logic behind the "impact reached" total is explained on this Meta Stack Exchange post:

  • Questions * Non-deleted only
  • Answers - Views of the parent question for answers that are:
    • Non-deleted AND
    • Score > 0 AND
    • Not self-answers AND
    • Also meeting 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
  • Yeah but I checked and it doesn't add up accordingly, all answers that I posted to big viewed questions all have scores of 0
    – DialFrost
    Commented Feb 21 at 19:41
  • @DialFrost What was your methodology of checking this? What did you do?
    – Timmy Jim Mod
    Commented Feb 21 at 19:42
  • I looked through every single question and answer I posted
    – DialFrost
    Commented Feb 21 at 19:42
  • @DialFrost are you expecting it to be more or less than 214k?
    – Timmy Jim Mod
    Commented Feb 21 at 19:43
  • Way less, maybe around 30k
    – DialFrost
    Commented Feb 21 at 19:43
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    @DialFrost this answer by you should meet the criteria (its a top 3 answer since there are only 3 answers and it has a Score > 0), which this one single answer alone nets you ~177,000 views.
    – Timmy Jim Mod
    Commented Feb 21 at 19:45
  • 1
    Hmm strange, I swear I looked through all my answers. Thanks though! I must have missed it
    – DialFrost
    Commented Feb 21 at 19:46

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