In the top bar, it said that I have 1 unread inbox message and earned 7 reputation points:

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But when I clicked on both buttons, I neither had an unread inbox message nor earned reputation. My last inbox message is according to my network profile 16 hours ago, which is before the last time I checked my inbox. Also, the reputation on the three sites where I have an account is exactly the same as the reputation I had last time I looked before these notifications showed up.

This is the second time today this happens with the exact same numbers (1 unread inbox message and +7 reputation). Why does this show up if I don't have any unread inbox messages and haven't earned any reputation?

  • Did you come back to your computer after some time away or was this on a fresh page refresh?
    – Catija
    Aug 25, 2017 at 18:58
  • @Catija I opened a new tab and clicked on Stack Exchange in the favorite bar. I didn't have any Stack Exchange page opened before that. Aug 25, 2017 at 19:13

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Nick already tweeted about this when a person complained that he got notification and rep highlight of already seen ones. https://twitter.com/Nick_Craver/status/901151925361627140

We had a redis server die hard, outdated cache restored temporarily :(

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So the outdated cache restoration may have caused this problem.

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