I never really pay much attention to it though, I know that personally, I've sometimes clicked on a post multiple times whether or not I've responded. Sometimes a thread will interest me but I've got nothing new to add and it will look like something has changed--the font will go from bold to regular or blue to purple or vice versa and I'll think there has been an additional reply or whatever.
Sometimes I'll post early in a thread and check back to see what others have said...Sometimes I'll respond and then forget what I've said or want to double check how it came across later (especially when it is a sensitive subject or something that upset me). I just want to revisit it to check clarity, tone or even just grammar and spelling. Assuming that I am not alone in that means the "view" numbers are falsely inflated.
I'm getting "replies:# views: " So I think what's happened is my screen margins have changed and the view number is there, I just can't read it. Since I'm completely hopeless in the technical aspects of the computer, I'll have to ask my husband if the margins can be changed.
On the board page, roll your mouse over the last poster's name toward the right. Don't click, just land your mouse on the name. You should see a box like the preview box. By the way, I'm getting the blank part on the views also, and I'm also wondering what's up.