I'm not entirely sure why, but my consecutive-days count has reset to 1 on Stack Overflow, when it absolutely definitely shouldn't have. I'll shamelessly admit to trying to get the badges for it, and it's a bit annoying to start from 1 when I was on 26/27. I know SO runs off GMT+8 or something like that, but I've logged on once, then 22 hours later, then 12 hours later, which should cover all possible combinations for the time zones.

I've logged in on:

  • Friday, ~4pm GMT (finished work at 4.15 and checked shortly before that)
  • Saturday, 2.15pm GMT (logged in just before I headed out to play a gig)
  • Now, Sunday at 2:00am GMT (just got back in from said gig)

Has anything happened recently to cause this?

Edit: I'm off to bed now, I'm knackered :P I'll check back in the morning for answers :)

Update: Yes, I did more than just visit the homepage each time - I've seen a couple of meta threads about that happening to other people, so I open a question, click "Post Answer" (but don't write one, or post it) and view someone's profile each time.

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    What did you do on Saturday at 2:15 pm? Did you navigate anywhere at all or just log in?
    – mmyers
    Mar 4, 2012 at 2:14
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    sometimes you have to do more than just log in, view a few pages or something...
    – wax eagle
    Mar 4, 2012 at 2:14
  • Edited post - yes, every time :) I'm already aware of that gotcha, I was making sure that didn't happen
    – Joe
    Mar 4, 2012 at 2:18
  • So, you create a dummy question and begin the process of creating an answer, just to get a badge? I can't see those questions in your profile so I assume you've been deleting them also? If so, I wouldn't recommend it because it's easy to get question-banned if you keep deleting your own questions. Much better to actually interact with the site normally.
    – RivieraKid
    Mar 4, 2012 at 16:28
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    @RivieraKid I think you've got the wrong end of the stick; re-read the post properly because I can't see how you read it to mean that
    – Joe
    Mar 5, 2012 at 9:14
  • Aaah, sorry - when you said you opened questions, I took that to mean you created new ones, which of course, would be bad (TM). My bad.
    – RivieraKid
    Mar 5, 2012 at 11:37

1 Answer 1


I see you visited the site on:

  • 2012-03-02 21:28:20.190
  • 2012-03-04 01:51:42.787

...but no visits inbetween those dates from your Account ID or any of your IPs used on 3-02 or 3-04. So you reset because you didn't visit the site on 3-03.

  • Sorry for the delay getting back to this, been pretty busy since I posted the question. I've definitely visited the site between those two timestamps, is there any reason why it wouldn't "see" me? I'm getting a little confused now
    – Joe
    Mar 5, 2012 at 9:16
  • @Joe - nope, we log literally every hit to our network. Mar 5, 2012 at 10:01
  • @NickCraver I really doubt when you say that you log literally every hit on your network. Many people are facing this buggy behavior. I can say I visit SO everyday (in weekdays almost after every hour or so and on weekend at least twice). And I'm pretty sure about it. I log into SO from work/home (different) machines. The ISP at both place is also same. Not sure why SO reset my visit counter to 1. The details showed that I didn't visit SO for a complete day which is not true and is frustrating. (note - If not possible to check SO from desktop/laptop I visit from mobile.)
    – Bongs
    Jul 3, 2012 at 9:54
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    @Bongs - we quite literally log every request to our network, I have a 10 TB database to prove it. You didn't visit the site logged in yesterday. Keep in mind three things: you have to be logged in, and the home page does not count (this has always been the case), and our day is UTC midnight to midnight, you must visit something besides the homepage each UTC day to be continuous (again, this has always been the case). Jul 3, 2012 at 11:14
  • @NickCraver I just faced this issued, about an hour, or so, ago I had a hit consecutive day count of 86. And now its off to 1. Could you explain that please? Jul 15, 2013 at 12:34

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