Today I got both the Announcer badge and the Booster badge for this question that I asked last year.

I don't remember ever sharing a link to it, and it seems odd to me that I would get both badges in one day, implying that there were at least 276 people who viewed it today from a link I don't remember ever sharing.

What's going on?


2 Answers 2


Your question was linked using your user ID from the on-going Stack Exchange segment on Ars Technica, as the "See also" link under the "Challenge Yourself" answer. Admittedly I'm not entirely sure I get how your post relates to the chosen answer, but it does explain the traffic.

  • 9
    ...how the heck did you find this out?
    – Ben Brocka
    Sep 1, 2012 at 22:50
  • 12
    I have my ways, I have my ways...
    – Tim Stone
    Sep 1, 2012 at 22:54
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    I also knew that it had to have been shared from a place with reasonably high visibility and that that article ran today, so it was a likely (and correct) candidate. Apparently searching for the title brings it up as the ninth result now, too.
    – Tim Stone
    Sep 1, 2012 at 22:56

For anyone like me who got the announcer badge and DIDN'T get posted on Ars Technica, didn't have any activity on the question for which the badge was received, and didn't remember even looking at it, let alone linking to it....

I got an announcer badge for a question about testing cron on Ask Ubuntu. Huh?

I mostly frequent Unix & Linux, so I guessed I must have posted a link in a comment to that question. Did I?

Yes, I did! I found it by running a Data Explorer query like so:

select * from comments
text like '%85558/457111%'
userid = 135943

(Note that the actual comment included "http" whereas the current "share" link is "https," which is why I first got no results and then used the URL substring as shown to search.)

Here is existing SEDE query, just put your user ID and text to search and you'll get the results.


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