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Tag-badges exploit

According to the badges page, there has been 1 silver and 1 gold badge awarded for the [regex] tag on Stack Overflow. So I said "congrats" to the guy who's gotten 1000 upvotes for regexes, then clicked to see who it was.

I clicked on the silver badge. It's Gumbo!

Then, for some reason, I clicked on the gold badge. It's bobince!?

How does bobince have a gold regex badge but not a silver regex badge? Isn't that kind of impossible? Shouldn't there, by definition, be two people with silver regex badges, bobince and Gumbo?

Just to verify, litb and paxdiablo have both the C silver and gold badges, and Peter Hosey has both the silver and gold Cocoa badges (badges chosen because of the small number of users to verify, and also I just got the C silver badge so it was on my mind). What gives?


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bobince's regex answer rose very quickly. It could be that the trigger is layered so you can't get two badges for the same accomplishment - in other words, the threshold for gold was passed before the badge tests were applied, and it simply gave the higher badge, rather than both at once.

  • Holy balls, that's a high-rated answer. That'll teach me not to look at profiles first. Nov 18, 2009 at 16:59
  • This was my gut reaction, too, when it was first brought up.
    – John Rudy
    Nov 18, 2009 at 17:03
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    @CABAG - Dude. I've heard tales of your epic "gut reactions." Please visit the restroom next time
    – Pollyanna
    Nov 18, 2009 at 17:08
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    Ah, toilet humor. The most sophisticated kind. Nov 18, 2009 at 17:15
  • @Adam: I didn't know you followed me on Twitter. Hrm, need to start self-censoring there.
    – John Rudy
    Nov 18, 2009 at 18:35
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    Hey, it's your fault I'm stalking you. I'm the victim here.
    – Pollyanna
    Nov 18, 2009 at 19:31

Oh yes, I am the awkward test case that breaks all your lovely coding. Look on my inexplicably-overrated answers, ye mighty, and despair!

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    -1 your answer isn't overrated, it's one of the most beautiful things I've seen on Stack Overflow. (Just kidding about the -1 though.) Nov 18, 2009 at 17:14
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    The end is nigh! Bobince the Destroyer approacheth! Nov 18, 2009 at 17:17
  • @Prophet formerly known as Gnovice - I love your new username and profile. Best use of the name-changing gag yet (far better than my weak attempt at meta-Meta). Nov 18, 2009 at 17:19

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