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Tag-badges exploit

According to the badges page, there has been 1 silver and 1 gold badge awarded for the [regex] tag on Stack Overflow. So I said "congrats" to the guy who's gotten 1000 upvotes for regexes, then clicked to see who it was.

I clicked on the silver badge. It's Gumbo!

Then, for some reason, I clicked on the gold badge. It's bobince!?

How does bobince have a gold regex badge but not a silver regex badge? Isn't that kind of impossible? Shouldn't there, by definition, be two people with silver regex badges, bobince and Gumbo?

Just to verify, litb and paxdiablo have both the C silver and gold badges, and Peter Hosey has both the silver and gold Cocoa badges (badges chosen because of the small number of users to verify, and also I just got the C silver badge so it was on my mind). What gives?

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marked as duplicate by tvanfosson, Super Long Names are Hilarious, ChrisF, John Rudy, mmyers Nov 18 '09 at 17:26

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Noted already at meta.stackexchange.com/questions/30193/tag-badges-exploit –  tvanfosson Nov 18 '09 at 16:56
    
My bad. Why am I not allowed to automatically close my own questions? –  Super Long Names are Hilarious Nov 18 '09 at 17:02
    
I don't think it's a duplicate - this particular effect (straight to gold, no silver) isn't mentioned in the other question, though they are closely related. –  Adam Davis Nov 18 '09 at 17:10
    
@Adam - It is mentioned in the answer, and I think future discussion of this bug should be in that thread too. –  Super Long Names are Hilarious Nov 18 '09 at 17:15

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bobince's regex answer rose very quickly. It could be that the trigger is layered so you can't get two badges for the same accomplishment - in other words, the threshold for gold was passed before the badge tests were applied, and it simply gave the higher badge, rather than both at once.

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Holy balls, that's a high-rated answer. That'll teach me not to look at profiles first. –  Super Long Names are Hilarious Nov 18 '09 at 16:59
    
This was my gut reaction, too, when it was first brought up. –  John Rudy Nov 18 '09 at 17:03
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@CABAG - Dude. I've heard tales of your epic "gut reactions." Please visit the restroom next time –  Adam Davis Nov 18 '09 at 17:08
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Ah, toilet humor. The most sophisticated kind. –  Super Long Names are Hilarious Nov 18 '09 at 17:15
    
@Adam: I didn't know you followed me on Twitter. Hrm, need to start self-censoring there. –  John Rudy Nov 18 '09 at 18:35
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Hey, it's your fault I'm stalking you. I'm the victim here. –  Adam Davis Nov 18 '09 at 19:31

Oh yes, I am the awkward test case that breaks all your lovely coding. Look on my inexplicably-overrated answers, ye mighty, and despair!

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-1 your answer isn't overrated, it's one of the most beautiful things I've seen on Stack Overflow. (Just kidding about the -1 though.) –  Super Long Names are Hilarious Nov 18 '09 at 17:14
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The end is nigh! Bobince the Destroyer approacheth! –  gnostradamus Nov 18 '09 at 17:17
    
@Prophet formerly known as Gnovice - I love your new username and profile. Best use of the name-changing gag yet (far better than my weak attempt at meta-Meta). –  Super Long Names are Hilarious Nov 18 '09 at 17:19

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