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I mean, I know rep changes because of caching. I also know the rep in the top bar is more "dynamic" than most other parts of the site, but reputation differing on the same section of the same pageRepissue?

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I see your point, but this is really too minor and would require too many changes for such a small problem. – balpha Jan 28 '13 at 11:12
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Did you load new questions by clicking the banner? That will load new questions with the current values for their reputation, while any occurrences of their name already in the list will show the values that they were when you originally loaded the page. Both values show the same for me.

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I'm not aware of any other way that this could happen.

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Yeah I loaded them by clicking the banner, maybe I refreshed mid-upvote? – mattytommo Jan 25 '13 at 0:00
Well, loading via that banner doesn't update the values the moment you load them. When a new item gets pushed for you to load, all the information for it is already cached. So if two items get pushed, the reputation, votes, etc for that post are pushed with it. So if more posts come later, they get added on, but the reputation, votes, etc may not be the same as previously pushed items. – animuson Jan 25 '13 at 0:02
Very clever! How on earth did you know that? – mattytommo Jan 25 '13 at 0:08
I've seen this happen on Meta countless times when I go away for long periods of time, load new questions, then refresh the page to see they already have several votes and answers. If you're not loading them as soon as they come in, the information you're seeing is probably inaccurate. – animuson Jan 25 '13 at 0:09

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