Just saw this:

inbox message about election that is underway

In words:

The Stack Overflow 2020 community moderator election is underway — nominations now being accepted.

However, when clicking the message, I was greeted with:

elections page saying there no active elections now

Or in words:

There are no active community moderator elections at the moment. Below is a historical record of all elections to date:

Can this please be fixed so that I won't get wrong and misleading inbox messages?

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    There is an election underway. Perhaps you just clicked the link too fast before the page updated? I don't know if there is caching to that page. Does it still show that message for you now?
    – animuson StaffMod
    Jul 6, 2020 at 20:22
  • it showed up for a few minutes, went away, and now it's back. don't think cache works that way
    – Kevin B
    Jul 6, 2020 at 20:24
  • Thanks @animuson looks like there is 15 minutes cache. You recommend to edit this into feature request asking to delay the notification, or delete it? Jul 6, 2020 at 20:24
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    This question seems valid to me. Looking over on SO meta, the automatic Community user announcement of the election ended up being posted three times: once, twice, and thrice. I think they accidentally canceled the election and restarted it a couple times; you happened to click it during the between time. This also explains why it showed up multiple times, @user400654. Jul 6, 2020 at 20:30
  • I'm... not contesting the validity of this question.
    – Kevin B
    Jul 6, 2020 at 20:31
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    @Sonic thanks, didn't dig that deep. So in such case, the messages should be auto deleted, same way comment replies are deleted when the comments are deleted. Jul 6, 2020 at 20:33
  • @user400654 Not saying that you are. That text was directed at people who were downvoting and close-voting this question. Jul 6, 2020 at 21:42
  • @CesarM Sha & ani, I received no notification, though clicking your link earned me a bronze badge; so I was eligible for the notification. You might modify it to that; oddly broken and inconsistent.
    – Rob
    Jul 6, 2020 at 23:21
  • @Rob looks like Cesar deleted his comment and posted answer instead, so he missed your ping. Jul 7, 2020 at 5:46
  • @Rob can you open another bug report if that's the case? It's unrelated to this one.
    – Cesar M StaffMod
    Jul 7, 2020 at 15:33
  • @CesarM, my comment was a reply to this comment by Shadow, where he wondered if he should generalize this Bug Report; I think mine would be either deemed a duplicate of this or garner comments saying it was related. As long as you are aware that's good enough for me. --- IF the system used a list of pregenerated messages that were referenced by a *pointer then 'mass notifications' could be sent/deleted instantly, to follow opening/closing ..
    – Rob
    Jul 7, 2020 at 16:28

1 Answer 1


This was probably caused by the election ending early and needing to be restarted.

Shouldn't be a recurring bug as it was caused by a human mistake on ending the wrong election.


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