New comments since last visit in Chrome is funky March 10, 2012 3:56 PM   Subscribe

Is there weirdness occurring with the "new since last visit" numbers on the front page in Chrome?

I'm showing different numbers in Chrome (v. 17.0.963.79) and Firefox/Safari. In Chrome the number of comments=comments since last visit, but only since late this morning. Mac OSX.6.8.
posted by obloquy to Bugs at 3:56 PM (5 comments total)

A mod will show up to confirm this, I guess, but the long and short of it is: those numbers are not accurate, and never have been. Nor is it likely they will ever be, because it's difficult to do without having the server load baloon rapidly. We've had a bunch of threads about this before. Basically: not broken, just never was really accurate.
posted by koeselitz at 4:36 PM on March 10, 2012

Looks like the last time we talked about this was about a year ago.
posted by koeselitz at 4:39 PM on March 10, 2012

Oh, and the specific answer to your question is probably that those numbers are based on session, not visiting threads; so obviously a different session in a different browser will show different numbers.
posted by koeselitz at 4:41 PM on March 10, 2012

... and P.S., Chrome, is that a version number or an IP address? WTF?
Thanks koeselitz; I neglected to do sufficient due diligence for previous MeTa threads on the subject. Yet I don't recall ever having this issue before today. I'm also showing different behavior on different computers, the newest & most updated (as well as least-used for Mefi) of them being the only one exhibiting this behavior.
posted by obloquy at 4:51 PM on March 10, 2012

I'm showing different numbers

Yeah, pb is moving house this weekend so he's not around as much as he usually would be, but the numbers are session based and will vary depending on the browser you're using. They're intended to be a best guess and maybe more useful for people who are here less frequently. Here is an old comment from pb explaining how this feature is supposed to work.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 12:01 PM on March 11, 2012

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