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Relatively many users were awarded the Generalist badge 30 minutes ago.

What changed?

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Well, since it's based on the top 40 tags, if a new tag just went into the top 40 people then active in that tag could all have gone from 19 to 20 tags with good answers. – Servy Oct 16 '12 at 15:21
Hmm - I just got it too - I'm curious to know what tag changed where to affect this – Adam Rackis Oct 16 '12 at 18:18
Looks to me like it hasn't been awarded since September 20th, Kerrek SB. Possibly broken since then and nobody noticed until today. – Uphill Luge Oct 16 '12 at 19:38
@Uphill - Possible, but this is a rare badge, it isn't awarded every day. – Kobi Oct 16 '12 at 20:36

It's likely that one or more tags were moved into the top 40 tags recently. This could either be a result of more growth in those tags, or the removal/deprecation of tags previously in the top 40.

With one or more new tags entering the top 40, people that are active in those tags that previously only had 18 or 19 tags with good answers would be getting enough good answers in top 40 tags to get Generalist.

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According to data explorer, Homework wasn't a top-40 tag in June. But it is outdated... I guess you are right though - it is probably normal for many people to get the badge together, if one tag gains popularity. – Kobi Oct 16 '12 at 16:00
Although when I run that query I am show as only having 19 qualifying flags and I was one who got the generalist flag - also there is a significant gap between 40th and 41st tag - multithreading× 29209 and× 28459 – Mark Oct 16 '12 at 16:10
I upvoted this when it was a hypothetical in a comment, but I see no evidence that it's the actual correct answer. – Pops Oct 16 '12 at 16:48
I notice that the 39th and 40th are very close, 29214 and 29213 at time of writing. Is it possible there's a bug and only the top 39 are counted? – corsiKa Oct 16 '12 at 17:21

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