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?


2 Answers 2


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, 2011 at 17:22
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    @lars sure good idea, adding that now! Sep 16, 2011 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, 2012 at 16:33
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    @arjan sure go for it Jan 9, 2012 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, 2014 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... Mar 23, 2014 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 Jan 24, 2012 at 18:53
  • Good catch! :-) Jan 24, 2012 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, 2012 at 14:57
  • @Rory - probably because they are requested less.
    – Krizz
    Apr 5, 2012 at 21:07

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