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As has been well-documented already (here and here, for example), the top users page for a tag will usually show fewer total answers than you've actually given for that tag since it doesn't count answers that are Community Wiki or which don't have any upvotes.

However, I've noticed over the past few weeks that I've been consistently credited with more answers than I should for the matlab tag. I'll show you what I mean using the traditional form of communication for our people: screen shots embellished with free-hand drawings...

Top users page:

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My profile page tag list:

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After digging a little deeper, it seem that both numbers above may be wrong according to the following searches:

  • Searched user:52738 wiki:0 votes:1 [matlab] and got 192 hits (instead of 190).
  • Searched user:52738 [matlab] and got 216 hits (instead of 188).

Anyone have any idea what's going on?

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Sometimes the tag counts are off. I'd guess that's what the problem is. – jjnguy Nov 16 '09 at 16:54
@jjnguy: You may be right. I just double-checked by searching user:52738 [matlab] and I got 216 results, 28 more than my tag list says! – gnostradamus Nov 16 '09 at 17:14
Repwhoring by painting - I cannot support this! (+1) – Ladybug Killer Nov 16 '09 at 19:06
@John: It's not Rep-whoring, it's Rep-defending. If I didn't add nice painty pictures I'd be downvoted. ;) – gnostradamus Nov 16 '09 at 20:23
up vote 5 down vote accepted

This is no longer an issue, we now present total scores per tag on the user page.

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Too tricky ... the stats page is now regenerated once a day, so it will not be exactly in sync with the tags on the user page, which is generated on demand.

  • We could use the cached values on the user page, but that will raise other issues
  • We can not move back to generating the stats page on demand due to performance.

I think the best resolution I can offer is putting a note at the bottom of the page that says: "the results on this page are regenerated daily and may be up to 1 day old"

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Yeah, I recently noticed that the stats page only appeared to be updating once a day, but wouldn't that mean it should potentially have a lower count of questions answered in that tag? Currently, the tag stats has me at 587, but my user profile says 555! I still stand by my assertion that something isn't right, and I don't think it's status-by-design. – gnostradamus Sep 24 '10 at 14:27
@gnostradamus, Ill have a look next week ... – waffles Sep 25 '10 at 1:19
This is excellent! But is it working right? Look at Jeff's profile page -- he has a bronze [chat] badge, but it shows only 94 total score. – Jon Seigel Dec 10 '10 at 5:58
@Jon: I believe the total score is the total upvotes minus the total downvotes. The badges are awarded based on total upvotes only, so Jeff must have a few downvotes bringing the total score down. – gnostradamus Dec 10 '10 at 15:32
Everything looks good now! The numbers are finally making sense. And it only took 6 to 8 weeks (times 7) to fix! ;) – gnostradamus Dec 10 '10 at 15:36

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