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While I am reviewing some first posts and answers of new users in StackOverFlow, I came across with this strange answer. It is posted by a supposed to be a "new user" but with 1493 reputations with more than 20 badges. Is this possible or it is a bug?

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I encountered this yesterday(on Philippine Standard Time), I am a bit busy at work yesterday so I couldn't post it. Here is the full screen shot.

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And he's been a member for 3 years, 10 months. – Geobits Mar 14 '13 at 15:27
I suspect that the user merged accounts after having posted the answer. Not 100% on this though. It may also have been a review audit although without seeing the question, I can't say. – Ren Mar 14 '13 at 15:28
@Ren, if it was like that, then there should be two S.O. account listed here , but as it is showing only one, i dont think he has merge his account. A moderator can answer this better i think – Lucifer Mar 14 '13 at 15:32
Sometimes I think I encounter Late Answers appearing in the First Post review queue. Is it possible Patrick has never answered any questions before today? That would qualify it as a "First answer" as the screenshot dictates. – JoshDM Mar 14 '13 at 15:33
@Lucifer - we would never show multiple users in the list there (that doesn't exist at any point in time). That being said, this user has never been merged. – Nick Craver Mar 14 '13 at 15:34
@NickCraver , agree but sometimes that list shows it, i have seen it my self in past – Lucifer Mar 14 '13 at 15:35
@Lucifer - that's not possible...there's a unique constraints on account to site relations at 2 separate levels, in code and in the DB – Nick Craver Mar 14 '13 at 15:41
@NickCraver, few months back somebody has posted a question regarding this matter. The list was showing two s.o. accounts there because there was some merging problem created. – Lucifer Mar 14 '13 at 15:43
Most likely review audit; guess you clicked "Skip"? In such case, we can never know for sure. :/ – Shadow Wizard Mar 14 '13 at 15:52
@ShaWizDowArd No I didn't skipped, I pressed the "No Action Needed". – Ariel Magbanua Mar 14 '13 at 15:53
I cannot locate this post at all. Google certainly cannot find anything with those phrases on Stack Overflow. Was it deleted? – Martijn Pieters Mar 14 '13 at 15:53
I think it is deleted by the user. As I remember it has a lot of down votes I think. – Ariel Magbanua Mar 14 '13 at 15:54
Strange, your screenshot is from 3/13 and says "2 hours ago", however the actual answer (10K only) was posted on 2/16 and deleted 2/17. Furthermore, the stats on the side are wrong. "other answers: 0" when a 2nd one was posted 12 minutes after the 1st one, "asked: 24 days ago" and "active: 24 days ago" by the question stats, but "answered: today" by the answer stats. It looks like it was a review audit – Rachel Mar 14 '13 at 16:14
@Rachel I encountered this one yesterday but I am too busy at that time that I couldn't post it. – Ariel Magbanua Mar 14 '13 at 16:15
@Rachel, agree, that answer was deleted by Will♦ Feb 17 at 5:21 – Lucifer Mar 14 '13 at 16:24
up vote 9 down vote accepted

There's nothing wrong here, you can see the user by clicking their name and navigating to the badges tab in their profile. Most badges (ones awarded for a specific reason, not for doing n things) will show you when and what they were awarded for if you click them.

Additionally, this was an audit, so yes the user can not strictly fit the criteria in those cases (we wouldn't have much of an audit pool in most sites if that was the case). The point of audits is to see if you're paying attention, you were.

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but he made his first post 2 hours before the snapshot – Sam I am Mar 14 '13 at 16:04
If this was his first answer, how did he get [Tenacious] last August? Also, he has 88 answers, according to the profile. – Geobits Mar 14 '13 at 16:04
That's not the reported issue... unless of course the screenshot is faked or taken long time ago which we can't prove. Can't you just see if this was an audit?? – Shadow Wizard Mar 14 '13 at 16:06
@SamIam - the bug reported is "can this user have this rep and this many badges", yes they sure can. Should his post be in the first answers queue is an entirely different issue. – Nick Craver Mar 14 '13 at 16:07
@NickCraver That's a terrible reading of the intent of the bug report. Almost everyone else read it as: "Can a user with X years on the site and Y badges be considered a 'new user'?" – Lorem Ipsum Mar 14 '13 at 16:08
I updated my post with much more information in it. Thanks. – Ariel Magbanua Mar 14 '13 at 16:13
@LoremIpsum - again there's nothing wrong, I added additional explanation to the answer if you're curious. We don't discuss audits in detail for good reason. – Nick Craver Mar 14 '13 at 16:17
@Geobits - it wasn't his real first answer - it was an audit in the queue. – Nick Craver Mar 14 '13 at 16:18
That would have been a simple answer: "It was an audit" – Geobits Mar 14 '13 at 16:19
Oh, so that clears the confusion. Thanks. – Ariel Magbanua Mar 14 '13 at 16:20
I think you guys need to fix your post-finding logic for the First Posts audits to only pull actual first posts. And fix the "Question" stats below it, like I pointed out here :) – Rachel Mar 14 '13 at 16:24
@Rachel - as I stated above we can't do that. It would either show an old post which would look immediately off, or we'd have a very small pool of posts to actually create an audit with, non-existent on smaller sites. – Nick Craver Mar 14 '13 at 16:25
Wasn't there a suggestion to fake the review time and user info? That would take care of this issue :) – Ren Mar 14 '13 at 16:26
@Ren - then we'd attribute content to the wrong person, which we just don't do...and whomever copies all the creative commons data is not allowed to do either. – Nick Craver Mar 14 '13 at 16:27
@NickCraver Can't you just fake their Rep and badges? – Rachel Mar 14 '13 at 16:30

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