I was looking at the Top Users page on a particular tag and I saw that it showed that in the past 30 days I had answered two questions for a total score of 3:

Screenshot of Top Users page

This seemed odd, as I had recently answered a question in this tag that has a score of +7 (i.e. more than the total of all my answers in the past 30 days according to the listing). At first I thought that it might not be counting my most recent answer (i.e. the system might only update every so often and it had not updated since my last answer), and indeed in this answer it is claimed that it gets updated at midnight UTC.

However, if you don't count my most recent answer then I have only one answer within the last 30 days. As you can see in my profile, my previous answer in this tag (prior to the one that is definitely being counted) was back in August, which is well more than 30 days ago:

Screenshot of user profile tag page

The Top Users listing must necessarily then be counting my most recent answer, and it is counting it as having a score of +1. I then thought that perhaps if it updated at midnight then it might have only had +1 at midnight with the other upvotes coming on the next day. However, the timeline of the answer shows that all the upvotes came on the same (Stack Exchange) day:

Screenshot of answer timeline

In fact, if you look at the timestamp of the answer you can see that it was posted less than two hours after midnight. I am almost 100% certain that more than one of the upvotes came within the first 22 hours.

It is also worth noting that it seems to be only the "Last 30 Days" column that has this issue; the "All Time" column lists my score as 292, which seems to be up to date as that is what it shows in the tag page of my profile:

Screenshot of profile tag page

So, is there a bug in the calculation of score for Top Users? Or is there some other calculation of the updates that explains how it would have been updated when there was only one upvote on the answer?

  • Do you have any recent answers where the question has been retagged in the last 24 hours? Oct 26, 2020 at 0:27
  • @RobertLongson No.
    – Alex
    Oct 26, 2020 at 0:30
  • Presumably this one is being counted then but with the votes it had 20 or so hours ago. Oct 26, 2020 at 0:33
  • @RobertLongson That would mean that the Meta answer I linked which says that it's updated at midnight is wrong.
    – Alex
    Oct 26, 2020 at 0:35
  • Perhaps the update started at midnight but took a while and when it got round to your answer it was late enough to find it. Oct 26, 2020 at 0:37
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    Tag scores aren't updated live, but by a script that runs once every 24 hours; see Why aren't tag scores updated live?. If you've waited 24 hours for it to update and it still hasn't updated, please edit this post. Oct 26, 2020 at 2:05
  • You can see the real count, up to date, by chosing this specific tag in the "next tag badge" section of your profile. This requires the tag to have enough questions with it (200 if I recall properly) and you cannot have its gold badge (because it cannot suggest something you already have). Oct 26, 2020 at 9:33


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