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How do “badges” work?

The number of gold badges listed on SO are 13 but I have seen a user have 135 gold badges. Is it possible to have a specific gold badge more than once? Where did the additional gold badges came from?

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marked as duplicate by Lix, Time Traveling Bobby, animuson, ChrisF, Pops Jul 6 '12 at 14:41

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You did click onto his badges page, did you? – Time Traveling Bobby Jul 6 '12 at 10:34
He is not a user. He is the "Jon Skeet"! – Ozair Kafray Jul 6 '12 at 10:37
Aren't tag badges adding to this total too? – Oleg V. Volkov Jul 6 '12 at 10:42
@OzairKafray; I know - lol! – tunmise fasipe Jul 6 '12 at 10:45
There are only 50 official Jelly Belly jelly beans flavors; but I could still have 65536 beans... – AakashM Jul 6 '12 at 10:57
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is it possible to have a specific gold badge more than once?

yes, it is possible to award same badge multiple times like this on famous-question

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Also for: great-answer and stellar-question

You can see in this case the number of times the same badge has been awarded:

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(image taken from Jon skeet)

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Yes - there are several badges that you can be awarded numerous times.

Some gold badges that can be awarded more than once are -

  • Famous Question - Asked a question with 10,000 views.

  • Great Question - Question score of 100 or more.

  • Great Answer - Answer score of 100 or more.

  • Reversal - Provided answer of +20 score to a question of -5 score.

  • Publicist - Shared a link to a question that was visited by 1000 unique IP addresses.

  • Stellar Question - Question favorited by 100 users.

  • Populist - Highest scoring answer that outscored an accepted answer with score of more than 10 by more than 2x.

As shown in the other answer by @Presley, on the badges tab there is a short explanation of each badge and whether or not it can be awarded multiple times.

Here is a link to a post containing all the relevant information for all the tags on the network -

List of all badges with full descriptions

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