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In the C++ chat room, the number of all starred messages is currently reported in the right-hand panel as 3407.
That number is a link, and if I click on it, it takes me to [an info page with a tab saying 5.9k stars.

3407 5.9k

I'm sure there is an explanation for this discrepancy, but I'd like to think it is a bug no matter what the explanation is.

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+1 I can attest to this. –  staticx Aug 5 '11 at 13:03
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We all know this is a shameless advertisement of the C++ chat room disguised as a bug report. –  hexa Aug 5 '11 at 13:23
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@hexa: For one, the C++ room doesn't need any advertising, it's been hard to breath in there for days. (And no wonder, C++ is currently undergoing a renaissance!) But also, even if it were, it would have been pretty stupid of you to blurt this out while we all kept our mouths firmly shut about it. –  sbi Aug 5 '11 at 13:28
    
Don't you remember the 1st and 2nd rule of the C++ room? –  hexa Aug 5 '11 at 13:31

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There are 3407 messages, which are cumulatively starred 5.9k times. It might make more sense if the stars tab was actually the starred tab so that the number would be consistent, since I imagine most people are interested in the number of messages starred (although the number of total stars could still be shown somewhere on that page).

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Ah, this might be the explanation I knew someone would come up with. It might be totally true, but it's totally confusing still. –  sbi Aug 5 '11 at 13:15
    
I agree, this definitely isn't the first time there's been some confusion over the difference. –  Tim Stone Aug 5 '11 at 13:21
    
The same thing happens with flags on the actual sites; some places show the number of flagged posts and some show the total number of flags –  Michael Mrozek Aug 5 '11 at 13:22

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