Sorry if this is a repeat question, but I was unable to find a similar question when I searched meta.
I have noticed the following weird behavior when browsing SO:
I usually wait to answer python questions, so I'm mostly sitting on
SO/questions/tagged/python. As expected, after some time passes, I see a new question notification (presumably a real-time indicator that a new question has been asked; image below), clicking which, loads the new question(s).
If instead of clicking on the loader, I choose to refresh the page instead, I would expect that the new question would load on the refresh. This however, does not seem to be the case - the new question is usually lost when I refresh immediately after I see the notification (an the notifier is gone, too). Interestingly, this is still the case if I click on the notification (to load the new question) and then hit refresh.
On the other hand, if I wait for some time (don't have an exact bound on the time. All I can say for now is "under 5 minutes") before I hit refresh, the question loads on the page. This is also the case if I keep refreshing the page like a madman - after --a while--, the new question loads on the page.
Possibly important technical details about how I access SO:
- OS: Mac OS X 10.7.5 (Lion)
- Browser: dedicated app created with fluid.app (v 1.6.1).