On Stack Overflow, I have 428 questions answered with a total score of 775 as of the writing of this post. However, I was just awarded the Java tag badge.

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It seems that this is happening to a lot more people than just me.

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    Something is definitely bugged there. I can see two other people got it too. This user is at least close, but this user is nowhere near. The odd thing is it's still awarding them. This user just received it for the R tag and doesn't meeting the requirements. The tag badges are normally mass-awarded at 03:00 with the tag updates and then don't get awarded at all the rest of the day. Weird, very weird.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented Apr 27, 2015 at 3:45
  • @animuson I just noticed those other users too. Well, keep us posted :)
    – durron597
    Commented Apr 27, 2015 at 3:47
  • +1 for honesty. I think there's a fair delay with these, but in your case it doesn't look like your recent answers even going back a few days on Java would be enough to plug 225.
    – James
    Commented Apr 27, 2015 at 3:48
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    And apparently I just randomly received the one for the PHP tag. o.o
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented Apr 27, 2015 at 3:48
  • @James I did get about 50 votes in the last few weeks, but still a long way to go :)
    – durron597
    Commented Apr 27, 2015 at 3:48
  • Looks like a bug. Anything rolled out recently @animuson which could effect this? Someone else just reported the same issue with another badge meta.stackexchange.com/questions/254396/…
    – James
    Commented Apr 27, 2015 at 3:49
  • Oddly I had just gotten a downvote on a super old question of mine immediately before I got the badge. Not sure if that's relevant.
    – durron597
    Commented Apr 27, 2015 at 3:51
  • Another report on MSO: meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/291546/…. Commented Apr 27, 2015 at 4:16
  • Also had the experience a few hours ago -> meta.stackexchange.com/q/254402/197939 Commented Apr 27, 2015 at 5:06
  • Now another one Does this gold badge belong to me?
    – user285413
    Commented Apr 27, 2015 at 7:07
  • Just got unjustified gold for PL/SQL too, in case another data point is useful. Shortly after an upvote I think, so the delay looked similar to when a 'good answer' badge is awarded.
    – Alex Poole
    Commented Apr 27, 2015 at 7:19
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    @animuson you are of those people who are supposed to know what's happening :). Not the ones who are surprised. Commented Apr 27, 2015 at 7:32
  • It is a conspiracy. Oracle did buy SE Inc. and to increase the virtual popularity of java every user on SO gets the tag on their profile. Live with it and move on...
    – rene
    Commented Apr 27, 2015 at 7:47

1 Answer 1


One should never push code right before going on vacation.

The bug has been fixed, a test has been written, and any incorrectly-awarded badges have been revoked. Your topbar's achievement list has also been cleaned.

My apologies.


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