Yes, we are aware; comment counts do not appear to be updating when viewing the main page.
We apparently have a resource availability issue. As far as I can tell, the counts are being updated correctly. (Yay!)
The problem seems to exist in a layer in which I lack expertise. The assistance of site admins has been requested.
UPDATE 20:23 23-02-2022
The problem has now been resolved. Many thanks to mechanicjay for fixing it again. As of yet we do not know the cause of the local mysql query node failure on one of our servers. However, as some of you have already deduced, there are many background tasks that are managed by the scheduler including updating comment counts, issuing moderation points, updating the journal index on the front page etc. The scheduler couldn't access the database and therefore couldn't do any of the tasks that we expect it to do.
In addition to expressing our gratitude to mechanicjay I would also like to say thanks to all in our community for your patience and good-humour in this rather protracted fix.
It seems like the function that does that would
have been very stable. It's been working for years.
There can be only 0|1 explanation. It has something
to do with Soylent switching to secret new quantum
computing services. Henceforth, you shall not know
the number of comments until you observe it.
I remember that the very same problem already happened once in the past.
It has been happening about once every few weeks lately...
I wish I had time to grok the system well enough to have enough understanding to provide any sort of suggestion towards a proper, permanent fix...