How did Why might it be advisable to keep student debt vs. paying it off quickly? get nearly 2K views so quickly? The questions before and after are at a tiny fraction of this number.

Is this a case of it being featured on some external site?

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    I see nothing specific, but perhaps the analytics will show up tomorrow. It just takes a link from one popular site. I hope we end up with some more fans and community.
    – MrChrister
    Mar 18, 2014 at 4:09
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    And not just views, its got lots of answers around 11 so far and quite a few answers from first time users who posted an answer ... We need more of these questions :)
    – Dheer
    Mar 18, 2014 at 13:05

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Yes. Sometimes, new questions get featured in the "hot network questions" sidebar. This sidebar also appears at other sites in the Stack Exchange network, including high volume ones like Stack Overflow.

So, based on the views, I would guess that question was featured. This sometimes also explains why these posts see answers from users new to Money, but established already at other sites (reputation starting at 101 is indicative of a user with 200+ reputation at another SE.)

Traffic from other sources is possible, too. One of the diy.stackexchange.com questions I had asked about nails vs. screws was mentioned on Lifehacker some time ago.

Also, Money was just featured in the Stack Exchange podcast. We are the "community of the week", apparently!


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