I have 21 badges on Stack Overflow:

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My profile shows I only have 19:

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It's obviously not considering the fact that I have more than one of a certain badge (Caucus and Custodian). Tags are handled in a similar way. That is, by only counting unique entries:

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However, the connotation between a total tag count is different between that and a total badge count, as the former is not displayed with your profile summary next to posts.

My suggestion would be to present a cumulative count for the badges on the profile page or perhaps include a distinction between unique and total badge counts.

Unrelated questions that all reference an inconsistency based on a different matter:

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    Perhaps it could say "21 badges (19 unique)" or something like that.
    – hammar
    May 28, 2013 at 23:50
  • When I get another [insert badge name here], I want to see the number go up. :-) May 29, 2013 at 14:32
  • Imagine what Skeet thinks! EEK! May 29, 2013 at 19:36
  • It could also separate between normal and tag badges. May 29, 2013 at 20:56

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I think your proposition is wrong from a UX standpoint. When I'm about to browse through 4 pages of badges, say @ 20 per page, I want to know the total number I'm going to go through. I don't want to finish thinking, "then where are the other 200?" When that particular badge count is displayed, the number of unique badges is far and wide the question of more interest to the surrounding information displayed.

I wouldn't mind more precise language though, but I think given the language in question, this is the correct trade-off.

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