Just look at it...
Feb 24: 228
Feb 25: 645
Feb 26: 748
Feb 27: 763
If this is not due to spambot or network abnormaly, then I really don't know how to explain this surge in pageview. If this is real pageview from real visitors, then can I ask if this is due to some external promotion, or other reasons? If you are a first-time visitor, then can you tell me what brought you here?
Edit: I did an assay on the page view of many dA groups from a wide range of content, and my conclusions are as follows:
MLP groups: generally saw a sudden persistent 2-fold to 3-fold increase in page view since Feb 25 - 27.
Lion King groups: saw 1.5-fold to 3-fold increases in page view since Feb. 25, but the increases are not persistent.
Sherlock Holmes group: some unexplained 2-fold to 4-fold spikes in the period Feb. 25 - Mar. 1, but no persistent increase.
digital-art-club: persistent 1.5-fold increase since Feb. 23, with a sudden spike of 3-fold increase on Feb. 25.
Anime-Manga-Artists: a single, isolated 2-fold spike on Feb. 26.
traditionalmedia: no perceptible change in page view histogram.
artist-exposure: no perceptible change in page view histogram.
rising-artists: persistent 2-fold increase since Feb. 25.
getwatchers (with 100000 watchers, this is the largest group on dA): slight increase on Feb. 25, with no other noticeably particularities.
PremiumMembers: no perceptible change in page view histogram.
Fine-Art-Photography: slight increase in page view since Feb. 28 that may have little statistical significance.
I don't know what these suggests. General conclusions may be:
There seems to be a page view increase that can be observed in many pony groups, and fandom groups in general. The page view increase are sometimes isolated and ephemeral, sometimes persistent.
No abnormaly in page view is found in "general" art groups, such as PremiumMembers or traditionalmedia
The sudden increase may be due to some system-wide page change in view counting mechanism. For example, dA may have started counting per-visit instead of per-IP-address, or other kinds of change. However, to conjecture such a system-wide change that is consistent with the observed data is difficult.
Caveat of possible bias in data:
My observations are limited to groups that have at least 100 page views on average before the page view abnormaly, so this may introduce bias in the data.
By the way, if you are a new visitor to this group, welcome! I invite you to take a tour in the group's "Featured" gallery folder. sad-my-little-pony.deviantart.…