I think I see what you are saying. Views are meaningless in the forum, though. By themselves, they don’t do anything and they don’t hurt anything either. A view alone doesn’t push the post up higher, so if no one responds, the post will eventually drop lower and lower in the category. No need to worry about it.
What does push the post up is responses. So, the viewer you talked about was pushing his own post to the top by repeatedly responding to it. If no one else is responding, it is silly. I agree with you that it’s a useless function when it’s used that way.
The problem is this: In most categories (like the one we are writing in now) you wrote this post and you got a response. That’s good, it generated a discussed. So, that response pushed the post to the top for a very short time. As other people posted, yours dropped lower which is normal. Then you responded back, so that pushed it back to the top. We want that to happen because your response was legitimate. As the discussion continues, the post goes back up. When the discussion stops, the post will go down. All that works fine. If you were posting over and over to yourself in this category, a moderator would notice it and either delete it or close it to responses to stop that from happening. So, the problem is fairly well taken care of overall.
If we disabled that functionality for all categories, posts like yours wouldn’t keep going and people would lose out on the discussion. Unfortunately a few people take advantage of the function in a useless way and push their posts up thinking it’s a good idea. Overall, they only hurt themselves so it really isn’t of great consequence. If it is noticed by a moderator, though, they get a warning to slow down. So, for now, I don’t have any other suggestions. If it was happening a lot in non-ad categories it might be worth time to work on, but it really doesn’t so far. The ad category (MFG) is competitive by nature, though. If you see someone rampantly bumping their posts there, feel free to send a notice to Customer Support and it will get to the moderation team.