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Burdette Lamar
Burdette Lamar

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Why Is That?

I often get a notification of the form "Someone and n others followed you!"

If n is, say 8, I may see an increase in follower count of say, 2. This is typical, and the increment to the follower count is always a fraction of what's cited in the notification.

Why is that, I wonder.

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James

If I had to guess, n others isn't the number of people who followed you since you last checked your notifications, but rather the number of people who followed you since some cache was cleared.

So your 8 is the 2 new ones, plus 6 others that you had already checked the notification for.

Since dev.to is now open source, I imagine going through the code and figuring out what exactly is going on there would be a fun learning exercise.

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Josh Hawkins

There's also the chance that some other 6 folks have unfollowed you between this moment and the last time you saw a notification before this.

🌚 Friends don't let friends browse without dark mode.

Sorry, it's true.