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On the All time leagues page there's a tool tip on the number 190 that reads

Cumulative users: 244

reputation with tooltip showing cumulative count

What are these numbers supposed to mean? At first glance I thought it meant that

Count of users where (Rep >= 50K and rep < 100K)  = 190
Count of users where (Rep >= 50K)                 = 244

However, there are only ~190 that have more than 50K, not ~244.

rep league at the #191 point

Ingoring the possibility that the calculation of rank and the counts were against slightly different datasets due to caching issues, I don't understand what the 244 is supposed to represent.

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I noticed that too, the numbers listed under Users are actually the cumulative numbers already. – Daniel Fischer Apr 4 '12 at 22:05
Actually, even in that case, the number is off by 1. – kiamlaluno Apr 4 '12 at 22:10
@kiamlaluno, I suspect it's another of those daily update things. – ben is uǝq backwards Apr 4 '12 at 22:13
It's an election year. Time to double dip the numbers – random Apr 4 '12 at 22:18
@random Is that like a leap year? :) – kiamlaluno Apr 4 '12 at 22:21
I think that this is easily solved by just getting rid of the tooltip or making it accumulate in the other direction, because the table itself already shows the cumulative counts. That's why there is a + in 50,000+. Perhaps they were using a table helper that adds cumulative tool tips by default? – Tom Wijsman Apr 4 '12 at 23:23

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Leagues code was majorly refactored in early March (it's now exactly accurate in theory, whereas before, it was always slightly off).

In the process, I inadvertently changed the behavior of the "Reputation Change" and "Total Reputation" sidebar stats modules. Before, "50,000+" corresponded to x >= 50k && x < 100k, whereas now, as you noticed, it corresponds to just x >= 50k. Consequently, the tooltips are meaningless and wrong.

Even though I introduced the new behavior by accident, I think I like it more. So, I removed the tooltips. Thanks for the report.

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I liked the old way better (two data points is better than one IMHO) but I can see how it may have been confusing. Thanks for addressing it. – Some Helpful Commenter Apr 17 '12 at 19:22
While you're there, I notice that sidebar says "Total Rep*" -> "* users with less than 200 reputation are not tracked in the leagues", but right above that it has a 1+ rep category, which sounds like they are tracked. – blahdiblah Apr 17 '12 at 21:43

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