The follow count for proposal "Bicycles" seems to be out of sync with actual number of followers (see screenshot below). The count is zero in all the views I have seen, including the main page and stats page (if it is followed).
Is this a bug?
This has been fixed. If new people sign up for the site, we don't count them as followers until they have verified their email address. However, they were still showing up in the list of followers.
It would be nice if this could get fixed, or at least clarified. I have a proposal that currently says 16 followers in the top-left orange box, but the recent followers list shows 21 users. It would be good to know what the real number is. Do I have 16 followers or 21? Do I need put more efforts into attracting followers than I'm already planning? A lower count on the proposal master list could have a negative effect on the proposal, leading people to think it's less popular than it really is.
My SWAG is that it's some kind of hybrid between caching and denormalization in the database.