Was this ever rectified? I found myself looking around like I was crazy, thinking I was overlooking where the total commit count went. Now that I know it is not there, and I'm not crazy, it would be very helpful to have that metric shown to me (in any capacity) from the repository view.
I have to agree. github shows number of commits, and I think where the overview page shows last commit time, it should also show total commits. It lets me know how often people are working on a repo, quickly.
We are going to start beta trials in a week or two for our GitSense technology, which addresses this issue. Below is a screenshot of what it looks like:
It will also tell you how many changes there are and if want to, you can navigate the changes in tree form. Note files/folders in gray, means they have been deleted. And the numbers beside the files, indicates the number of revisions, i.e. changes.
You can learn more about GitSense at http://gitsense.bitbucket.org and to participate in the beta trial, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org