Thanks to everyone who replied.
Here's a brief summary of those responses:
This is an old problem.
It has been reported on several occasions:
over the last decade, three of those reports occurred in months beginning with the letter "A".
A little over fifteen years ago, tye reported in "(tye)Re: Node reply count bug?":
"There is currently a table to track number of replies. It is being phased out ... When that work is finished, such problems should disappear."
Maybe that refers to an unrelated Reply Count problem;
however, if it doesn't,
can anyone advise how that work is progressing?
I had a look through Tidings: I couldn't find anything relevant.
I then looked through (historical) Tidings:
"Number of Replies clarification Oct 11, 2008 at 03:00 AEDT"
(looks like you should adjust for your timezone)
was the only related entry I found.
Adjusting my User Settings, as that describes, to just show direct replies,
tells me that Nodes to Consider post (from my OP) has one reply instead of three:
sadly, it still has zero replies (as I originally reported).
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