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This user has earned the Enthusiast badge (visited the site each day for 30 consecutive days) twice.

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This appears to be related to merged accounts, as I saw badges awarded similarly earlier today too. – Gnome Apr 9 '10 at 21:55
@Gnome: Sounds likely enough, if both accounts had the enthusiast badge (which in turn doesn't sound likely). – mmyers Apr 9 '10 at 21:58
Different accounts from work and home? (I have no life, so yes, I check from both.. ><) What I first saw is those badges (including many "beginner" bronzes) awarded so close together on a year old account, initially missed 2x Enthusiast. – Gnome Apr 9 '10 at 22:00
Just as I was starting to feel that I'd done everything that I could for this community, you go and show me this. I will redouble my efforts! – Bill the Lizard Apr 9 '10 at 22:16
@Bill - slacker. – Adam Davis Apr 9 '10 at 22:43
I'd love to have dual Enthusiast badge.... – Josh K Apr 9 '10 at 23:32
@Josh - Sorry, dual wielding is not available for your character class. – Adam Davis Apr 10 '10 at 0:07
Would it be terribly uncool if I said I had no idea what a character class is? – Josh K Apr 10 '10 at 1:10
@Josh it is from WoW and other class-based games. Think Warrior vs Hunter vs Priest. Warriors can dual-wield weapons (2 weapons instead of 1), priests can't. – Tyler Carter Apr 10 '10 at 5:53
@Chacha: it's from Dungeons and Dragons and other pen-and-paper RPGs long before WoW came around. or did i just date myself? – quack quixote Apr 10 '10 at 17:51
If you're dating yourself this says something deeply sad about geekdom. Me, I pay for my dates. – JUST MY correct OPINION Apr 11 '10 at 9:58
@ttmrichter: it's not deeply sad, it's totally normal ... paying for your dates, now that's deeply sad. ;) – quack quixote Apr 14 '10 at 8:07
quack quixote: Touché. – JUST MY correct OPINION May 6 '10 at 7:48
Huh, I was sure this had been discussed before, but I can't find a dupe... maybe it was just mentioned in a comment rather than a full-on post. – Pops May 14 '10 at 14:18
My push tomorrow will fix up all the invalid badges. (that is remove all single award badges that were awarded more than once) – waffles Jul 8 '10 at 3:48
up vote 1 down vote accepted

I have isolated where this can happen, but a simple fix for now is to simply remove all badges that are single award and were awarded more than once. There are forty or so affected badges in the whole system.

If you are affected by this and are unhappy, sorry, we should be allowed to fix bugs.

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Ping to remind you to set this to [status-completed]. – mmyers Jul 9 '10 at 16:10
@mmyers thanks :) – waffles Jul 10 '10 at 0:29
His account was merged? Why is there nothing in his history? – Won't Feb 23 '12 at 14:24

It's definitely a bug. When accounts are merged and a reputation recalc is done, a badge recalc should be done as well and ineligible/duplicate badges removed. I don't see any good reason why badges should be permanent and irrevokable*.

*Except for programmer laziness, which is only excusable up to a point.

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I haven't slept for 6 months... There is no possible way he is more enthusiastic than I am....

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Ah, so that explains this comment:… – Adam Davis Apr 9 '10 at 23:22
You need to cut down on the underground after-hours boxing clubs. I've heard that this kind of sleep deprivation can lead to Dissociative Identity Disorder. – Aarobot Apr 10 '10 at 0:55
the first rule of Dissociative Identity Disorder is do not talk about Dissociative Identity Disorder! – quack quixote Apr 10 '10 at 6:13
@quack: The second rule of Dissociative Identity Disorder is I can't stop the other guys from talking about it. – Gnome Apr 10 '10 at 18:14

This has to do with two accounts being merged together.

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I finally have a reason to make 42 sockpuppet accounts, and visit the site with each one of them every day... – Adam Davis Apr 10 '10 at 17:49
Shouldn't one-time-only badges be rechecked in such cases, though? – mmyers Apr 10 '10 at 21:46

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