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The "X people chatting" box to the right hand site on Meta.SO is very laggy: It tends to be massively out of date, and thus gives misleading information about the people present and the last post in each chat room.

It's not really a big deal, but it's notably out of sync all the time.

Can it be brought up to speed a bit?

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It's not a bug, it's a feature. –  systempuntoout Jan 12 '11 at 22:26
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This was fixed a while ago; it shouldn't be out of sync more than two or three minutes now.

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Yeah, I can't remember having seen that problem since. –  Pëkka May 27 '11 at 11:36
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It looks like the initial loaded contents are cached for a long time; that panel also updates itself every minute. For example, currently I see "7 secs ago - Benjol" (which is quite out of date - Benjol spoke just over 20 minutes ago), but (waiting...) I now see "20 mins ago - Dan Grossman" (which is correct).

I'll investigate why this is cached so aggressively.

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