The definition is:

Yearling Active member for a year, earning at least 200 reputation.

Do the bounties offered in that year subtract from the reputation gained during the year when calculating if the badge was earned?

  • I'd question whether the badge was really earned if a bounty will put a user over or under the cusp. – Aaron Bertrand Sep 7 '12 at 0:11

The reputation you gain doesn't include the reputation you spend for bounties. If you gained 200 points, and you offer two bounties for a total of 200 points, at the end your net reputation is 0.

  • Giving that bounties may help improve overall quality shouldn't they be exempt from being subtracted for the yearling calculation? – Eduard Florinescu Sep 6 '12 at 22:16
  • Bounties don't help improve the overall quality; they help getting an answer in the cases nobody has provided the answer the OP was expecting. – kiamlaluno Sep 6 '12 at 23:10

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