There are 5 answers for this question but it says 4.

  • Just wait. Takes its time till the numbers change. Commented Aug 5, 2010 at 13:17
  • Ok... I wasn't sure if this could be a bug or not. @Grace... thanks for the tagging the additional keywords!
    – Hristo
    Commented Aug 5, 2010 at 13:25
  • Likewise: 5 versus 6.
    – Arjan
    Commented Apr 6, 2011 at 11:58

2 Answers 2


Two of the answers were posted at 12:19:28, in the same second. This probably lead to a race condition when updating the answer count.

Since this happens from time to time with all the the different counters, there are scripts in place that run daily to correct such invalid counts. Probably until tomorrow the count will be corrected.

Of course they could use transactions in the database to avoid such problems, but obviously this isn't done in Stack Overflow.

  • that is interesting. so this would not be considered a bug?
    – Hristo
    Commented Aug 6, 2010 at 3:46
  • @Hristo: I certainly consider it a bug. And I find it disturbing that they don't even seem to try to keep their database consistent, but hack around it with scripts that try to guess what should have happened. But then again it doesn't really matter all that much for the site if some stuff get lost from time to time, as long as it doesn't happen too often.
    – sth
    Commented Aug 8, 2010 at 14:03

One of the answers is deleted, that's why (I believe the post count is denormalized, so that explains why it isn't immediately updated when a answer is deleted).

  • 4
    Hmmm... if it is deleted then why am I seeing it?
    – Hristo
    Commented Aug 5, 2010 at 13:18
  • 3
    Actually there are 5 answers + 1 deleted. @Hristo probably the system cache was updated when the 5th answer is deleted, but before you see it the 6th answer was added.
    – kennytm
    Commented Aug 5, 2010 at 13:39
  • interesting. so would this be a bug?
    – Hristo
    Commented Aug 6, 2010 at 3:46

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