It may bit hard to realize (at least it is for me), but Stack Exchange sites get 95% of their traffic from search engines. If a question has not been in the Hot Network Questions list, which is indeed one of the main drivers for views, it's often a top hit in Google and co. For example, this question is the top hit when searching for “Were you able to” or “are you able to”.
(from the site analytics, visible to users with 25k reputation and ♦ moderators)
Granted, that's searching with double quotes (which most people don't do) and results might be skewed since Google knows my preference for Stack Exchange (though I could reproduce in a private window), but perhaps there's a more often used search query where this question is high in the search result list.
To give you an idea about what people are searching for when they end up here: here is a list of questions with the most views on the site.
"ell.stackexchange.com" 238979(the domain URL and the question ID) didn't return any external sites.