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I just received the taxonomist badge at SO. This was a surprise because the only tag which I remember I created was [ie6-ie7-bug] which is at 33 questions now.

Out of curiousity I immediately went to the tags page 55 where (currently) all tags with 50 questions are visible. I scanned every tag with 50 questions and sorted questions on active to check which question was active within 24 hours ago. If there was one, I also verified the last question in the list as well if the activity happened within in the time I was myself also active at SO (after 1 November 2009).

The only tag which was in the range was the [ie8] tag. I for sure haven't created it, since it should have been [internet-explorer-8].

So before further investigating (yes, I want to know which tag it is! ;) ), I'd like to know when the badge will be awarded? Does it happen immediately or maybe (more than) 24 hours later after the 50th use?

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Even assuming it's awarded immediately, a retag may have pushed the count to 60 or higher. – Gnome Jun 11 '10 at 23:08
possible duplicate of Is it at all possible to find out which tag earned me the Taxonomist badge? – Gnome Jun 11 '10 at 23:09
There are a lot of dupes related to "Which tag earned me Taxonomist?" but no one actually answers when it's been awarded. Directly after 50th use? Or later? If so, how long about? For me that's enough info to investigate. – BalusC Jun 11 '10 at 23:14
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I got one as a result of a mass retag, and it was awarded within a few minutes.

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OK, within a few minutes. Thank you. The "mass retag" doesn't make me happy to continue the journey... ;) However... It's still a surprise. I was always been careful when choosing tags. – BalusC Jun 11 '10 at 23:37

Now, with the new (great!!!) feature which displays more detailed information about the badges which you earned, it appears that it is actually the [ie8] tag.

This confirms my initial suspicion. I am a bit overwhelmed. Did I really create that? Unawarely? I checked the edit history of every question and I didn't find any evidence that I retagged the question with that tag.

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You might have created it on a question that has since been retagged internet-explorer-8. – mmyers Jul 10 '10 at 3:01

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