Your post is a proof why layman should not discuss things they don't understand... :). The number may include search engine bots that visit the site for 5-300 seconds to index the content. Most of these robots are ignored in the count, but since their IPs change it's not possible to keep up. Still, the same number appears on every page (if you change the page it may increase or decrease in the meantime).
I opened th PF on another card and saw the number slided to 96 only !!! It is very ineresting, isn't it?
No, it's simple logic 101. The number is in real time so within several seconds it can change (especially if search bots are currently indexing the site).
I hope that it is a conspiracy theory rather that the truth, but I must say that in the past I could observe actions on the forum regarding my posts which could easily be qualified as dishonest on the part of the administration of the forum.
If you don't understand something or don't read the forum rules, you will always try to shift the blame from yourself to others. As they say: "If all else fails, read the manual.
But you gave a good idea which has been contemplated by moderators to remove the number completely. Maybe we will.