I checked with the devs and it turns out the answer is:
Heavy caching even. Each of our web servers buffer incrementing view counts until a threshold is met, then all the updates are written to the database. So, we have 9 web servers and the default site threshold is 10 views of all profiles for each site. Therefore a web server needs to get 10 ...
I followed @Philip Kendall's advice and contacted the Stack Exchange team through contact form. Here is the response:
It's possible that the day you missed never updated the consecutive
count correctly in your profile and that it was recently corrected (it
is stored as a simple number in a denormalized field in the database).
You have in fact asked another question in February 2017 - the question was closed by the community and then deleted by one of the Stack Exchange "clean up" bots. I think you can still see your own deleted questions, but if not it certainly is the case. Note that in terms of question bans, deleted questions still count.
Your current question ban here will ...
Determining whether a particular situation, regardless of sport, involves
an offside position
an offside offence
any appropriate penalty, and
how to indicate the offside
are all aspects of officiating.
This synonym is perfectly appropriate and should remain.