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Some times I notice I have a new badge by the number in the header, but there is no notification 'You've earned X badge, see it in your profile'. Over time I got the impression, that this happens only for badges I already have on SO (for example I've earned Citizen Patrol, but there was no notification for this; but when I earned Nice answer there was clear notification for it, since I didn't earn this at SO). Is it the case, or something wrong with me? If it's the case, why?

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1… is where the change is mentioned, but I couldn't immediately locate any further posts about it. – jonsca Sep 16 '11 at 14:54
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As jonsca mentions, if you've obtained at least 200 reputation on one or more sites (giving you "veteran" user status), the notifications you receive are reduced on associated sites to prevent the notification bar from spamming you about the more trivial badges.

Badges that no longer generate notifications in this case are most of the bronze badges, notably excluding tag badges and post-specific badges such as Nice Answer or Nice Question.

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