So I understand the use of apples in posts or threads. But what's the meaning of the apples on main forum pages, or on the Best Topics page? I was assuming that the number of apples was the total number of apples the thread (or posts within the thread) had earned. But when I've clicked through to see what posts earned apples, I haven't found nearly as many apples listed within the thread as it claims on the main page.
One of the more obvious examples: There is a post on the Best Topics list titled "Rainwater collection to supplement public water." On the screenshot below, you can see that it has 1 reply and claims to have 155 apples. Clicking through to view the thread
, neither post received any apples (it's a fairly basic thread, so I don't find that too surprising).
Another example: There is a post from Dec 30 in "Tinkering with this site" titled "CSRF error". The forum page says it has 2 replies and 2 apples. Looking on the actual thread, I only see 1 apple received.
I've heard mention of a thread (rather than a specific post) earning apples, but I haven't actually seen that happen. And I doubt the rainwater collection thread garnered 155 apples, at least not the type of apple I'm familiar with.
So what do these apples actually mean?