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How does the badge awarding process work? Does it just run queries periodically for all badges? If so, how often does the system run queries to award badges?

And finally is there a way for me to see when a badge was awarded?

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How does the badge awarding process work? Does it just run queries periodically for all badges?

This is my understanding, yes.

If so, how often does the system run queries to award badges?

Some badges are awarded frequently (like Nice Answer).

Rarer badges can take up to 48 hours to be awarded.

And finally is there a way for me to see when a badge was awarded?

See other answers.

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The answer to your second question: if you click the "envelope" icon by your user name, you'll be taken to a recent activity screen. It has a badges tab that will list the dates of all badges awarded within the selected timeframe.

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To see when a badge was awarded go to your profile page and then click on the badge link at the foot of the page. However, this doesn't work for all badges - e.g. the Generalist just lists who it was awarded to, not when they were awarded it.

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