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I found some other questions about badge count but they all were either

  • status completed
  • or referred to cached counts being too low for a while

Yesterday I had 4 gold meta badges. Thanks to the tireless efforts of gnat, I knew I was close to Great Question. This morning sure enough, I have it. But the top summary says 6 gold.

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To answer possible objections:

  • there is not a sixth badge a little further down if I just scrolled
  • I did not get any of those twice
  • I am pretty sure Great Question doesn't count for 2 badges :-)

How can the counts get out of sync like this - and especially how can the summary end up too high?

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You have 2 reversal badges. The Badges tab only shows checkmarks next to earned badges, not a count, even if you earned more than one.

Take a look at your own badges tab, sorted by class:

gold badge counts

Looks like you had 5 gold badges yesterday and didn't even know you did. :-)

You can see exactly when you received badges on your activity tab, filterable by badges only. As you can see, you have had 5 badges since 2012-10-24. You probably got confused with your Stack Overflow account, where you have had 4 gold badges since 2012-10-11.

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Easy meta rep! ☺ – Shadow Wizard Dec 5 '12 at 12:19
Oh my! You're right. 5 or 6 days ago apparently. But I was never notified (I just looked through the notifications to confirm) and my badge count was totally 4 last night. So this turn out to be that the count was too low and then fixed itself when another badge was awwarded. – Kate Gregory Dec 5 '12 at 12:19
@Kate As veteran user you don't get notification for every badge. – Shadow Wizard Dec 5 '12 at 12:19
@KateGregory: You have 4 gold badges on Stack Overflow, are you sure you didn't get confused between sites? – Martijn Pieters Dec 5 '12 at 12:20
@KateGregory: Check your activity tab, filtered on badges to check when you got your 5th badge. Answer: October 24th. On Stack Overflow you got a 4th gold badge on October 11th. – Martijn Pieters Dec 5 '12 at 12:24
@ShaWizDowArd surely no-one is so veteran that another gold badge is ho hum no big deal, stop notifying me of this trivia? Even Jon Skeet? – Kate Gregory Dec 5 '12 at 12:25
@ShaWizDowArd: That does not apply to gold badges, only bronze badges are silenced when you are a veteran (== member of multiple SE sites). – Martijn Pieters Dec 5 '12 at 12:26
@Kate indeed, Martijn is correct. Something else is going on then. – Shadow Wizard Dec 5 '12 at 12:33

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