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Yesterday the REST tag showed a question count of around 1750.

Today if you go here you see 2027 questions.

However, if you go to tags and search for Rest you see 2253

If I check other tags I do see small discrepancies between the numbers, but 200 questions seem like a whole lot. Could this have something to do with the synonyms? REST has a synonym RESTful and there are approx 200 questions with tags that start with "Restful".

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This almost definitely has to do with 2 things:

  • Restful tag synonym
  • Caching the count of questions tagged [x]

The count of questions tagged [x] is heavily cached, and the questions tagged [restful] were probably mass-retagged to [rest].

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