Say a question has 8 answers to it, with 3 deleted.

On the main page users with over 10,000 rep see the question labeled with 5 answers, however when they enter the question, it is labeled with 8 answers.

Is this a bug?

Shouldn't this be consistent?

  • @psubsee2003 - the answer over there doesn't address my question at all. I'm saying that the labels are inconsistent
    – Danield
    Jan 28, 2014 at 9:36
  • Sorry... missed that part. that's a different duplicate. Jan 28, 2014 at 9:37
  • see also: sub-10k users often see 'active today' without there being any (visible to them) activity today.
    – AakashM
    Jan 28, 2014 at 9:41
  • @psubsee2003 hmm, so it seems like the question has been asked, but I don't think much of the accepted answer there. Q: Why is there an inconsistency A: There is an inconsistency...
    – Danield
    Jan 28, 2014 at 9:45
  • @Danield then put a bounty on that question if you want a better answer. This one is a duplicate and we try to avoid duplicate bug reports. Effectively the answer is it is status-bydesign. The reason is that fact that you have 10K rep. The question page only shows the undeleted answer count. It isn't until you look at the question do you actually see the undelete + deleted answer count. Jan 28, 2014 at 9:48

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I think the OP is absolutely correct, this is a case of inconsistency. The point would be to show the correct number of answers, no matter what. Although I do not know how much work this is in the code of course

But "seeing that there were additional answers" as Stijn argues is not really correct I think, you should see how many answers there are, and deleted answers are answers after all. So I'd argue that the correct number is the total number of answers

But it's a minor problem indeed

  • I read the question a bit too fast, reading "when they enter the question, it has 8 answers". Here it also says that the label on the question includes deleted answers by-design, so it seems you're right.
    – Stijn
    Jan 28, 2014 at 9:08

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