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The Newest tab is cached for 2 minutes. This means that if a new question is posted, it may not appear for up to 2 minutes.

Is there a way to increase the cache time, but invalidate the cache immediately when a new question is posted? This way:

  • Users get their answers faster
  • People spamming F5 won't suddenly find 4 new questions they want to answer at the same time
  • It's unlikely to be a performance problem for the server (even if a new question is posted every 20 seconds, generating 3 lists per minute is nothing)
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In addition to your suggestions, I would like my brain implant updated in real-time, so I don't have to keep my cybernetic finger on the F5 key all the time. – Robert Harvey Jan 29 '10 at 17:07
so... you want to encourage people spamming F5?? – quack quixote Jan 29 '10 at 17:13
Managing distributed caches is not as trivial as it may look on the surface (unless you're using things like memcached). – xmm0 Jan 29 '10 at 18:21
Spamming F5? Man, "spam" is applied to just about everything today. I'm going back to my self-imposed Monty Python marathon. – Robert Cartaino Jan 29 '10 at 19:00

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