Thepaulpage is shown twice on the Yearling badge page.

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I was curious, and it turns out, that user is “3 years, 8 months” old. So intuitively, it doesn’t even make sense for this person to be listed here, but I suppose you could be idle for a while and then have a year of activity? (No idea, pure conjecture.)

  • Or perhaps an account merge?
    – Mysticial
    Commented Aug 13, 2012 at 23:01
  • 2
    It's actually there 3 times
    – KDiTraglia
    Commented Aug 13, 2012 at 23:02
  • @animuson Curious why you removed “and perhaps shouldn’t, at all?” from the title. It was intended to signal an additional (dimension of the) bug.
    – Alan H.
    Commented Aug 14, 2012 at 3:40
  • Titles should be short and concise. There is no way those words can fit in a perfect title, they were unimportant thoughts that should be sneakily and silently stated inside the body of the question.
    – ajax333221
    Commented Aug 14, 2012 at 4:37
  • animuson is correct that this is a result of a merge. Commented Aug 21, 2012 at 2:46
  • “By design.” Amazing. This could only make sense to a programmer. Granted, we all are, but this software is supposed to power a whole network.
    – Alan H.
    Commented Aug 21, 2012 at 3:30

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It looks like his account got merged into another that didn't have the badges yet, so all of his badges were re-awarded.

  • Got it. So, am I supposed to accept an answer if this is a bug? Should I wait until someone says it’s added to a tracker or something?
    – Alan H.
    Commented Aug 14, 2012 at 17:54
  • It's not a bug. This is normal behavior for account merges, and probably happens more often than you notice.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented Aug 14, 2012 at 19:20
  • How is this not a bug? The page should not show the same user three times, because that is not useful to people viewing the page.
    – Alan H.
    Commented Aug 14, 2012 at 19:44
  • Depends on your definition of usefulness. For me, that page is completely useless. I couldn't care less who the badge has been awarded to recently. But for any badge out there that can be awarded multiple times, you get listed in the recently awarded page every time you earn that badge. If you get 50 Nice Answer badges in a row and no one else gets one during that time, you'll be listed as the last 50 people who got the badge.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented Aug 14, 2012 at 19:47
  • “For me, that page is completely useless.” Fair enough. But seeing a reward that can only happen once a year being given to the same person twice in a row can be confusing. I mean, it was clearly confusing enough that I filed a bug report, right?
    – Alan H.
    Commented Aug 14, 2012 at 20:40
  • shrugs What would you have them do? Calculate when the badge should have been awarded originally and manually modify the date? Seems like a lot of effort for an edge case scenario.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented Aug 14, 2012 at 21:06
  • The bug would seem to lie with the merge algorithm. Depending on implementation, it may want to backdate badges or exclude them from being inserted into the recent badges list.
    – Alan H.
    Commented Aug 15, 2012 at 0:38

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