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There is something a bit weird I noticed lately: When the message 'Question with new activity' pops up at the top of the questions list and I click the 'Questions' button instead of the message itself, the new question mysteriously vanishes for a few minutes or so, no matter how often I click 'Questions' again. Basically it looks like the polling time for the bar is much shorter than that for the 'Question' button. Did anybody notice this?

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Yup, I noticed that too. – doncherry May 27 '12 at 12:36
So there's no fix? Maybe it's just me, but I find it kinda annoying. – Count Zero Jun 18 '12 at 21:42
You could flag this question to be migrated to Meta Stack Exchange, there'll be people more knowledgeable about this issue. I'd assume though that it'll be status-bydesign because the live update and the normal update work in very different ways. – doncherry Jun 18 '12 at 21:53
@doncherry: Thanks, will do. – Count Zero Jun 18 '12 at 21:57
Whoops. I totally misread the post, pardon the duplicate vote. This is, however, somewhat related to Real time updates get lost when navigating back to a page – Tim Stone Jun 19 '12 at 16:35
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This is by design.

The Questions page is heavily cached, so it can take a couple of minutes for new questions to appear.

Since pushing new questions via Web Sockets is a lot less expensive, there's no caching (or less) and they appear much faster this way.

When [...] I click the 'Questions' button instead of the message itself, the new question mysteriously vanishes for a few minutes or so[.]

The obvious solution is: Don't do that.

Real-time updates have been designed specifically to prevent this delay and reduce the load on the servers.

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