Muskeg pointed out to me that the thread views counter has not been working correctly.
Thread views was always = posts + 1, and the numbers have always been very low; very low indeed considering that this forum serves 15,000 views per day, approximately, according to another statistical source that I have.
The problem seems to have been a corrupted data table. Optimizing/rebuilding the database seems to have fixed the problem.
If you see the views numbers shooting up, that would be the reason.