According to this answer, my answer or any answer must reach all the necessary criteria to be able increase the People Reached score of the answerer:
Answers - Views of the parent question for answers that are:
- Non-deleted AND
- Score > 0 AND
- Also meets one or more of the following criteria:
- In the top 3 answers OR
- Is the Accepted Answer OR
- Score >5 OR
- Has at least 20% of the total vote count
Of course, that was a response to my question on why my stats dropped so dramatically. My answer seemed to fail the criteria in the future as I lost about 24-26k in impact. Now that specific answer in question got a score of 5 recently and my impact raised by 26k immediately (well after caching). Now the answer is not in the top three, is not accepted, and does not have at least 20 percent of the total vote count. Seemingly, the only other way I gained that much is that I meet the third of the third criteria.
After a nice conversation with Shadow Wizard, who thought this was a bug, I now would like to know whether this is a bug or just an new update that no one know about. So is it a bug or a new update? If it is a bug, I will be happy to lose that glitched amount of impact... if either what could I have done to gain that much impact?