The system awarded me Necromancer, attributing it to the fresh printed new question instead of the older decrepit master question it was merged into.

I earned the "Necromancer" badge because I "Answered a question more than 60 days later with a score of 5 or more."

I did not actually answer a question more than 60 days after it was asked. I just won the badge because the question had been merged with a previous one.

Shouldn't the system have this premise in consideration and not award badges like that?

  • probably an unplanned side effect of the new handling of duplicates. Should this get a bug tag as well? Commented Feb 9, 2013 at 1:05
  • someone else might disagree with me so don't count on it staying. But it does seem like a bug since you didn't really answer the old question. Commented Feb 9, 2013 at 1:08
  • Well, if in the end it turns out that it is not a bug, I just edited again :)
    – dreamcrash
    Commented Feb 9, 2013 at 1:10

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"Necromancer" is about the end result: an old question raised to new life with your well-received answer.

It's not about the intention, i.e. it's fine if you didn't post your answer out of love for old and dead questions, which in fact the system currently doesn't encourage. Someone joked that we should encourage necrophiliacs too. Maybe a new badge, to clarify the difference?

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    And this answer just got Necromancer! :)
    – Nemo
    Commented Nov 15, 2016 at 22:24

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