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I just loaded the SO homepage, and every one of the "Recent Badges" listed down the right-hand side was a "Yearling" badge.

Did I just happen to arrive right after some cron job had run?

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As the others said, Yearling is issued daily, and all those users signed up on 25 Sep (2008 and 2009). Here's a list of the creation dates of all the accounts listed as receiving Yearling on the homepage right now: http://odata.stackexchange.com/stackoverflow/q/11723/

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The job that checks when "Yearling" should be awarded presumably only runs once a day...so yeah, you probably arrived at the "right" time.

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Yes, the cron job for Yearling runs at midnight UTC.

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This would have been around 0045. I'm surprised that it went that long without something else being added - but it's the weekend. Meh :) Thanks for the answer. – Ed Daniel Sep 26 '10 at 0:56
    
@Ed Well, maybe a little after midnight. I don't think anyone has actually sat down and watched the badges that closely. – waiwai933 Sep 26 '10 at 0:57

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