When you view your tags on your user page, each tag has a number to the left - that's the total number of votes for all the answers you've given in that tag. To the right is another number - that's the total number of questions and answers you've submitted for that tag. Why the inconsistency?

I suspect that the vote count is there primarily because of tag badges, and if I'm right, it makes it even weirder. A tag badge requires a certain number of votes (100, 400, or 1000) on a certain amount of answers (20, 80, 200). So why show the vote count only for answers, and the tag count for both questions and answers?


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I honestly can't say for sure why it's this way...

But it's worth noting that the two numbers came into existence separately, with the post count shown first, and the score added later.

That said, I actually didn't realize it was answers-only. Granted, I tend to have a lot more answers than I do questions, and your tag-badge theory makes sense... But it strikes me as a bit odd too.

Note that if you hover over the first number, you'll get a little pop-up that gives a nice breakout of posts and scores by post type. This is probably a lot more useful.

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    So is this status-by-design?
    – HodofHod
    Jan 17, 2012 at 13:35
  • I think that if this is going to stay this way, there should be an explanation somewhere on the user page that explains what each number refers to.
    – HodofHod
    Feb 10, 2012 at 16:27

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