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Thepaulpage is shown twice on the Yearling badge page.

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I was curious, and it turns out, that user is “3 years, 8 months” old. So intuitively, it doesn’t even make sense for this person to be listed here, but I suppose you could be idle for a while and then have a year of activity? (No idea, pure conjecture.)

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Or perhaps an account merge? –  Mysticial Aug 13 '12 at 23:01
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It's actually there 3 times –  KDiTraglia Aug 13 '12 at 23:02
    
@animuson Curious why you removed “and perhaps shouldn’t, at all?” from the title. It was intended to signal an additional (dimension of the) bug. –  Alan H. Aug 14 '12 at 3:40
    
Titles should be short and concise. There is no way those words can fit in a perfect title, they were unimportant thoughts that should be sneakily and silently stated inside the body of the question. –  ajax333221 Aug 14 '12 at 4:37
    
animuson is correct that this is a result of a merge. –  Jarrod Dixon Aug 21 '12 at 2:46
    
“By design.” Amazing. This could only make sense to a programmer. Granted, we all are, but this software is supposed to power a whole network. –  Alan H. Aug 21 '12 at 3:30

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It looks like his account got merged into another that didn't have the badges yet, so all of his badges were re-awarded.

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Got it. So, am I supposed to accept an answer if this is a bug? Should I wait until someone says it’s added to a tracker or something? –  Alan H. Aug 14 '12 at 17:54
    
It's not a bug. This is normal behavior for account merges, and probably happens more often than you notice. –  animuson Aug 14 '12 at 19:20
    
How is this not a bug? The page should not show the same user three times, because that is not useful to people viewing the page. –  Alan H. Aug 14 '12 at 19:44
    
Depends on your definition of usefulness. For me, that page is completely useless. I couldn't care less who the badge has been awarded to recently. But for any badge out there that can be awarded multiple times, you get listed in the recently awarded page every time you earn that badge. If you get 50 Nice Answer badges in a row and no one else gets one during that time, you'll be listed as the last 50 people who got the badge. –  animuson Aug 14 '12 at 19:47
    
“For me, that page is completely useless.” Fair enough. But seeing a reward that can only happen once a year being given to the same person twice in a row can be confusing. I mean, it was clearly confusing enough that I filed a bug report, right? –  Alan H. Aug 14 '12 at 20:40
    
shrugs What would you have them do? Calculate when the badge should have been awarded originally and manually modify the date? Seems like a lot of effort for an edge case scenario. –  animuson Aug 14 '12 at 21:06
    
The bug would seem to lie with the merge algorithm. Depending on implementation, it may want to backdate badges or exclude them from being inserted into the recent badges list. –  Alan H. Aug 15 '12 at 0:38

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