I've got a quick question about the effect of Askimet on my stat counts. I've noticed lately that my Total Page Views, Referrers, and Top Posts & Pages have a strange habit of fluctuating up and down, with the overall trend of going in the up direction.
For example, let's say my Total (All Time) Page Views is at 100. If I refresh my browser that number will drop down to 90. Sometimes it goes back up to 100 (or more) and other times it only rebounds to 98. I've also noticed that the amount of spam being caught by Askimet is off the charts lately.
So my question is, is it possible that some of my page views are from spammers and initially being counted as views, then they are marked as spam by Askimet and as such are being removed from being counted as legit page views? Are the two even related?
Help! I'm clueless.