Originally Posted by MrJackdaw
I agree that it is not the most accurate thing in the world but, do you think anyone is abusing the count? And what would it gain them? Maybe I'm just being naive..
Well my main concern is of accuracy, I'm kinda curious as to how many actual users I have. The problem is that there's also been fairly frequent updates - especially within the first few days, and every time a previous user downloads an updated version, it counts as an additional download.
As far as a reason for someone to abuse the system? It's generally a number that is supposed to show how popular your contribution is. For some people, being popular is more important than anything else. I haven't seen any evidence of it, but there's not much of a point keeping track of a statistic, let alone displaying a "Most Downloaded" list on the front page, if it not only can be abused - and quite easily at that; but especially if it isn't even accurate.