I use my Flair image on another site, and I noticed that my reputation score there is not updated.

Since a picture is better than 1000 words:

My actual reputation on Stack Overflow is 316, but my flair shows 261.

Is this a bug or a feature?


Flair is updated every 24-36 hours. Just wait.

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    @Jeff Shouldn't you put that information right next to the "(please note that only sites where you have more than 200 reputation will appear.)" sentence on the flair page? – LarsTech Sep 15 '11 at 17:22
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    @lars sure good idea, adding that now! – Jeff Atwood Sep 16 '11 at 0:53
  • I just noticed the flair HTTP headers also state a flair image is good for two months: Expires: Thu, 08 Mar 2012 12:10:36 GMT, next to max-age=8640 (which indeed is one day). Should I report that? – Arjan Jan 8 '12 at 16:33
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    @arjan sure go for it – Jeff Atwood Jan 9 '12 at 1:54
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    It would be better to note "flairs refresh every 24-36 hours" at the bottom of flair images. – Youngjae Mar 22 '14 at 9:34
  • @Youngjae this page already says "that flair is only updated once every 24-36 hours" right on it, and has for years... – Jeff Atwood Mar 23 '14 at 7:43

It also seems that the rate of refresh depends on the theme of the flair, i.e. the state of flair differs between themes as demonstrated in the screen shot:

Demonstration of inconsistent flairs by them

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    yes, that is true, it depends on the last request for that flair. Some of the weirder color themes are not requested too much.. helllllo hot dog stand – Jeff Atwood Jan 24 '12 at 18:53
  • Good catch! :-) – Shadow Wizard is Vaccinating Jan 24 '12 at 19:04
  • @JeffAtwood but then why are the less used ones ... hot dog stand ... more up to date than the default one? – Rory Apr 5 '12 at 14:57
  • @Rory - probably because they are requested less. – Krizz Apr 5 '12 at 21:07

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