The new user badge is showing up on meta for users who really aren't new. In this case it was really obvious - turns out they've been on Stack Overflow for 5+ years, but maybe this is their first meta post.

I think it'd be clearer if child metas inherited someone's new user status from the main site.

New contributor who isn't

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    No, why? Meta sites are a beast on their own. it is very useful to know if a seasoned user is still learning the ropes on meta.
    – rene
    Dec 27, 2018 at 14:17
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    Ok, fair enough, but if a user has more than 10k rep and access to moderator tools...we trust them to not be "new" anymore.
    – Josiah
    Dec 27, 2018 at 14:22
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    I've come across too many "trusted" users that can't make head or tails of a meta site.
    – rene
    Dec 27, 2018 at 14:24
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    There are people with over 50K whom ask for assistance about how the sites work - this occurs more than once a month. Each site has some differences and OT is a common problem. It's to remind potential readers, politely, of the CoC without being so blatant about it. A search of Meta would have turned up a dupe for this, but alas ...
    – Rob
    Dec 27, 2018 at 18:49

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Meta site is very different from its main site. Someone who is a long time member on a main site might find the meta site to be very different from what they know and need help adjusting no less than new user on a main site.

I prefer to leave it this way, and don't change it. Surely it's not a bug.

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