There is a problem with the front-end voting system on Area 51. When you first click on the score of an example question to view the up- and downvote count (only available for 1K+ users), and then try to vote, the votecount is incorrect.

How to reproduce:

  • Go to a random Area 51 proposal in the definition phase
  • Choose a random example question and click on the score to view the individual up- and downvote counts

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  • Vote up or down
  • The votecount is now incorrect

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If you retract the vote right away, the wrong count is updated correctly:

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Refreshing the page does show the right value (15 after the upvote in this example).

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    Oh wow, "incorrect" doesn't quite cover it. :)
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Jun 14, 2013 at 17:46
  • @AnnaLear thanks for the screenshots!
    – Keelan
    Jun 14, 2013 at 17:57
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    They just forgot to cast to integer, so "14" + "1" is indeed "141". :) Jun 14, 2013 at 22:34
  • I always thought it was funny how this bug only occurred on Area 51 and no other SE site. I'm glad you reported it. I've seen that bug for a long time but just never got around to reporting it myself. :)
    – jmort253
    Jun 15, 2013 at 2:24

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Heh, good catch. This is fixed now.

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