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The live-refresh features often work nicely, but there are some inconsistencies which are a bit irritating with slower or mobile connections (but using the full site) when you pause for a moment to think whether or not it is worth to update.

  1. Reputation count. By looking at the reputation count alone one cannot tell if the value indicated is current or not. It would be nice to have there some extra clue to this. Like fading when there has not been an update in the last x minutes.

  2. Hover-over UTC time. What is the purpose of the last line in the hover-over summary? It shows me the UTC time. But this is not the time of the last update of the summary. In fact, I can switch off my internet-connection and the time will still continue to be updated. So again some visual clue would be helpful.

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The time is quite useful to me; What time is it? Why would you expect the hover popup to update realtime as well? The reputation in the topbar should be up-to-date (for supported browsers, and assuming providers don't mess up). –  Arjan Jan 26 '13 at 12:57
    
@Arjan: The time is up-to-date. But not the data above! And the update problems only happen with mobile connections. –  false Jan 26 '13 at 13:25
    
Are you saying that for regular connections the hover popup data does update in realtime? If yes: wow! And then what does websocketstest.com give you on your mobile connection? If no: would you expect that popup to be refreshed live while open as well? (Like you wrote: it's a hover popup. Of course, I wouldn't mind, but is just doesn't feel like development time well spent to me.) Or are you saying it's not updating when hovering it multiple times without reloading the page? Then indeed its client-side caching might be too agressive. –  Arjan Jan 26 '13 at 14:18
    
@Arjan: These things happen for mobile connections where you are not always connected. Still ensuring a consistent view in thus situation would probably reduce load caused by otherwise useless reloads. –  false Jan 26 '13 at 17:13
    
Okay, I guess I was focused too much on your example of the hover popup. I guess Could we have a visual indicator of whether live updates are active? needs your vote then? –  Arjan Jan 26 '13 at 17:15
    
@Arjan: It got my vote already some time ago. But to me that indicator is a bit too ambitious. –  false Jan 26 '13 at 17:26
    
You've lost me... –  Arjan Jan 26 '13 at 17:29

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