I understand that the statistics collected at stats.wikimedia.org are generated from the monthly XML dumps, and therefore are the most "reliable" versions of the article counts available (in particular, more reliable than the local [[Special:Statistics]] on each wiki, which tend to get off-track sometimes).
Unfortunately, this reliability is not accompanied by precision, since counts above 999 are shown in "human readable" format (e.g., "2.3 k"). It would be nice to have the option to see the exact counts (e.g., "2317").
And while we're talking about precision, knowing the timestamp of the dump on which each count is based would be nice, too. (I guess this info can be gleaned from dumps.wikimedia.org, but it would be much more convenient to get it along with the stats.)