I took a look at my profile, where I stuck my flair. Here's the flair:

28k rep, with icons for scifi, puzzling, literature, Meta, area 51,elu,and AI

However, I don't have 28k rep. According to chat, I have 19.7k.

Note: I know about the combined flair - I've had this in my profile for at least a year. It had been showing me the same as in chat, now it isn't.

What is going on here?

Edit: I'm reporting a bug here, that the combined flair is not showing the correct number, as it has in the past.

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    I'm pretty sure your accounts under 200 rep are erroneously being counted. You have 91 communities, of which 12 are over 200 and should be counted. If we assume you have 101 rep on all your other communites, 101 * 79 = 7979, and 19700 + 7979 = 27679, which rounds to 28k. I tried the same on my profile and my guess worked there too, so that's what I think is happening.
    – Aurora0001
    Feb 18, 2017 at 17:18
  • The combined flair calculated the <200 rep communities too. Related or Dup post. As per the Stack Exchange Flair tab, it should calculate the >200 rep communities only. There is some filter missed in the combined flair rep calculation
    – Arulkumar
    Feb 18, 2017 at 17:19
  • @Aurora0001 that was my guess too, but I hadn't done the math yet.
    – Mithical
    Feb 18, 2017 at 17:19
  • meta.stackexchange.com/q/77716/260388
    – Pandya
    Feb 18, 2017 at 17:28
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    I'm voting to reopen, because the question this is closed as a duplicate of is virtually uninvestigatable and people are voting to close it as unclear. This one is something we can practically respond to and look into. Feb 18, 2017 at 17:35
  • Heh, I have more rep from the association bonus than I do from actual contributions Feb 19, 2017 at 6:53

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A tiny bit of backstory: stackexchange.com used to be a separate solution (in the .NET sense), so it talked to Q&A through a set of API calls, both public and private. It's been a part of the normal Stack Overflow solution for going on two years now, and we've been slowly removing these API calls, replacing them with direct access to models and whatnot.

A lot of refactoring happened recently around how we track badge counts. Alongside that, we also took the opportunity to remove one more of those legacy accesses - this time, to the list of sites a user has profiles on. You may see where I'm going with this... the reputation check was accidentally omitted at that point.

The check is back in now, so flairs should be generating correctly if not now (because caching) then SoonTM.

  • What about this? Also due to the refactoring? Feb 22, 2017 at 14:50
  • @ShadowWizard No, the badge refactoring happened weeks after that report. That's something different.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Feb 25, 2017 at 22:05
  • Thanks. While not fatal, is the a fix planned for that? Feb 25, 2017 at 23:09
  • @ShadowWizard Uh, maybe? Nobody's actively working on anything API-related AFAIK, but that doesn't mean a fix can't be made. It's also not entirely clear to me what's still broken after Tim's answer.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Feb 26, 2017 at 1:45
  • Oh, didn't realize the linked StackApps bug was fixed. I asked Tim is there's still any problem with the API, guess that if not the question I linked to can be marked status-completed. Feb 26, 2017 at 7:22

What is going on here?

What is going on here is that the full total is being displayed in the flair.

I added up the numbers on your network profile page and the total is indeed 28347. Rounded down, that's 28k.

So, the number there is the correct true total. Whether or not it should be counting 101 point sites is a different story, of course.

Note that adding up only numbers > 200 yields 19813, which is what chat displays (lagged behind by a day or so).

The description on the flair tab page...

(please note that only sites where you have more than 200 reputation will appear, and that flair is only updated once every 24-36 hours.)

...is somewhat vaguely worded and open to interpretation. It could be interpreted as only sites > 200 will be included in both the total and logo list, or it could be interpreted as only sites > 200 will appear in the logo list (with no constraints on the total).

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    That has already been ascertained. The problem is, is that sites with < 200 rep should not be counted.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Feb 18, 2017 at 19:10
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    @ChrisF The problem in this post is vaguely defined. I cannot determine if the OP's primary concern is that flair does not match chat, that chat does not match the unfiltered mathematical total, or if the OP trusted chat to represent the total and did not realize they had 28k total, regardless of the flair/chat mismatch. Note when I say "total" I mean the true total (all numbers included). I can only address the directly asked question "What is going on here?" What is going on is the full total is being displayed in the flair, the filtered total is being displayed in the chat.
    – Jason C
    Feb 18, 2017 at 19:18
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    @ChrisF they are counted (e.g. user with account on 20 sites, all with 1 rep, can take part in any SE chat except SO/MSO), but not showing the icons and not included in the badges count, as far as I know. Only handful of users got many accounts to make a real change, so nobody really noticed this rep change before. Feb 18, 2017 at 19:22
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    I've had the tons of accounts for a while; it comes with being a Charcoal member. The problem is that only now has it started showing all the accounts. The flair has only been showing the sites with 200+ rep before, I know.
    – Mithical
    Feb 18, 2017 at 20:57
  • @Mithrandir Ah, OK. Now it's clear. Definitely something changed. I have a feeling that we'll find out if it was intentional or not soon. And yes, I'm in the same club, shooting for Marshal badges with 101 rep, heh.
    – Jason C
    Feb 18, 2017 at 21:00
  • @JasonC I think it is not a big problem for a hotfix, but they will handle this as a top problem on their next workday. It will start at around 18:00 CET, tomorrow, and the flair generation script will run 5 hours later, at midnight GMT.
    – peterh
    Feb 19, 2017 at 21:14

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