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I use my Flair image on another site, and I noticed that my reputation score there is not updated.

Since a picture is better than 1000 words:

My actual reputation on Stack Overflow is 316, but my flair shows 261.

Is this a bug or a feature?

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Eh looking at this now brings back old memories! –  Shadow Wizard Mar 5 '13 at 11:44
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Flair is updated every 24-36 hours. Just wait.

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@Jeff Shouldn't you put that information right next to the "(please note that only sites where you have more than 200 reputation will appear.)" sentence on the flair page? –  LarsTech Sep 15 '11 at 17:22
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@lars sure good idea, adding that now! –  Jeff Atwood Sep 16 '11 at 0:53
    
I just noticed the flair HTTP headers also state a flair image is good for two months: Expires: Thu, 08 Mar 2012 12:10:36 GMT, next to max-age=8640 (which indeed is one day). Should I report that? –  Arjan Jan 8 '12 at 16:33
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@arjan sure go for it –  Jeff Atwood Jan 9 '12 at 1:54
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It would be better to note "flairs refresh every 24-36 hours" at the bottom of flair images. –  Youngjae Mar 22 at 9:34
    
@Youngjae this page already says "that flair is only updated once every 24-36 hours" right on it, and has for years... –  Jeff Atwood Mar 23 at 7:43
    
@JeffAtwood // oh! my eyeballs were malfunctioned...sorry. –  Youngjae Mar 23 at 7:50
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It also seems that the rate of refresh depends on the theme of the flair, i.e. the state of flair differs between themes as demonstrated in the screen shot:

Demonstration of inconsistent flairs by them

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yes, that is true, it depends on the last request for that flair. Some of the weirder color themes are not requested too much.. helllllo hot dog stand –  Jeff Atwood Jan 24 '12 at 18:53
    
Good catch! :-) –  Shadow Wizard Jan 24 '12 at 19:04
    
@JeffAtwood but then why are the less used ones ... hot dog stand ... more up to date than the default one? –  Rory Apr 5 '12 at 14:57
    
@Rory - probably because they are requested less. –  Krizz Apr 5 '12 at 21:07
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