I think the picture pretty much explains it all. Not sure if this is the case for all SE sites, but this is from Stack Overflow.

profile-page bug

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  • lol, that's hilarious. I'm not sure how to take that... – Steve P. Aug 7 '13 at 19:02
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    Well Steve, it was nice knowing you. – Bart Aug 7 '13 at 19:02
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    @SteveP. In short, there are pluralization problems all over and they don't really care, for whatever reason – Michael Mrozek Aug 7 '13 at 19:03
  • They don't care because there are always bigger fish to fry. – Robert Harvey Aug 7 '13 at 19:03
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    @RobertHarvey Perhaps it's not a huge deal, but I find it to be pretty annoying. It can't take that long to fix, can it? I understand them not going through code and outright searching for these errors, but I would hope that they would want them reported. – Steve P. Aug 7 '13 at 19:04
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    @SteveP. History has proven that the answer to that one is "not really". – Bart Aug 7 '13 at 19:05
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    Strangely, back when it used to say "1 year, 12 months", it did do it right – Michael Mrozek Aug 7 '13 at 19:10
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    @RobertHarvey By that logic, SE should do absolutely nothing about anything until they've figured out how to prevent the eventual heat-death of the universe (or scientifically proven that it's not going to happen and we don't have to do anything). Oh, and seeing through the continuation of humanity beyond the red dwarfism of our Sun in a couple billion years, which is coming up Real Soon Now(™). – allquixotic Aug 7 '13 at 19:16
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    @somequixotic: Epic straw man. – Robert Harvey Aug 7 '13 at 19:16
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    The time saved not having to process these posts would probably more than offset the time it would take to stick (year == 1) ? "year" : "years" in a file somewhere – Michael Mrozek Aug 7 '13 at 19:32
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    @RobertHarvey At least he's not forgetting about the Validation / Integration environment deployment, waiting for manual/automated tests to be run, and then staging it to deploy. Production is the test environment for SE. With our luck they'd reverse the ternary values and say "2 year" and "1 years", with a rare side effect that makes Jon Skeet's profile say he's been a member for NaN years. Then it would take another NaN years to get a new feature-request approved to flip the ternary return values. – allquixotic Aug 7 '13 at 19:54
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    @RobertHarvey - this kind of issue will be handled automatically as part of localization. (yes, I am a tease, I know). – Oded Aug 7 '13 at 20:30
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    @somequixotic - actually, Meta is our test environment ;) – Oded Aug 7 '13 at 20:32
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    Which is why, when you're on Meta, your computer can sometimes suddenly reset without wa – Robert Harvey Aug 7 '13 at 21:52

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