KiwiNZ:kenkeniff:KiwiNZ: The last (big) forum I was Admin for we did away with page views as the hit on performance was such it did not justify keeping for very little benefit, we did away with it.
Cool story, neither assumption applies here
It doesn't ?
For users that wish to contribute useful and insightful information to the community, it provides another tool to gauge interest in a particular topic to assist in deciding whether to expand upon it etc. (e.g. Whether it's worth going back and solving an old unanswered post that keeps racking up views etc). For users that just wander the forum adding useless characters to random threads, not so much.
Performance, as stated, can be managed with proper design.