If you go look at the main tags page right now, the count for the "new" tag is off by over 6000! Tags aren't normalized, and this one is still out of date after a major re-tag. It's the tenth-most used tag on Stack Overflow, and at the moment, it's not even shown on the first page.

Ooh: it gets even better. I just got a badge for the tag, and I still have my badge as well.

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There's a timing issue with the queries. Because tags are full text, the global replace happens so fast that a query to "count" the instances, counts none -- as they were all just replaced milliseconds ago by the previous query.

The daily tag normalization will pick it up.

  • Is the daily tag normalization activated now on superuser? As I'm still seeing lots of inconsistensies. – fretje Aug 8 '09 at 16:15

I'm seeing this issue on SuperUser - most tags are off by a small amount but some tags (eg. mac-os-x or mac-osx which have been replaced by a more popular macosx actually still show a days old number.

mac-os-x is showing as 11 instead of 0.
mac-osx is showing as 12 instead of 0.
macosx is showing as 3 instead of 28.

Is the daily tag normalization suppose to clean this up?

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    it's not running there because we seeded the db with a few hundred terms we thought would get use. If we ran it now, all those would be instantly erased. I'll run it by the weekend. – Jeff Atwood Jul 22 '09 at 0:00
  • Makes perfect sense. Thanks! – Chealion Jul 22 '09 at 1:46

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