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I have trawled through Meta for a while now looking at many questions (the search terms seem to mainly return questions where rep isn't awarded at all) - the closest I found was this:

Reputation tab shows accepted answer as another vote

As I use the site of an evening, I have noticed on many occasions that my tabs show a rep increase as if my answer was accepted - but when I refresh it shows that another answer was accepted. This is solved with a page refresh and doesn't bother me as such - just wondering if there is a bug somewhere in the code. This happens across all my browser tabs (I see the rep increase by 15) but if I hover over my login to get the activity hover thingy it displays my rep and accepted answers correctly.

I don't want to throw out my own red herring (it may be the only time that I notice it), but I think this might be only the case when the rep cap is hit for an evening.

This question isn't to complain or whine, just trying to help pin-point a bug in the code somewhere.

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"my answer was accepted - but when I refresh it shows that another answer was accepted" - On this question, for example, that actually happened. This question had the accept hopping back and forth even more so, so it might be coincidence? – Tim Stone Sep 5 '12 at 15:37
(noting that the fact that the decrease in reputation from the unaccept isn't reflected immediately is by design) – Tim Stone Sep 5 '12 at 15:37
@TimStone It might well be, I noticed it on a good few occasions, thought I would bring it up. Never knew about the timeline feature to check. Seems a rather valid answer :) I wouldn't have thought that people were so back-and-forth :) – Fluffeh Sep 5 '12 at 15:40
up vote 2 down vote accepted

So that this can be closed off without anyone else bothering with it, as Tim Stone correctly points out, this is working as expected as there seems to be a flurry of Accept/Un-Accept going on in a good few questions.

Appreciate the insight and learning about the timeline feature!

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