I'm a Home Improvement reviewer, and spend a lot of time greeting new users using the wonderful SE-AutoReviewComments to give boilerplate encouraging comments. One of my big questions is whether they've taken the Tour; if not, I end the comment with:
And, you should probably take our tour so you'll know how best to participate here.
So, whenever a user has one or more badges, I'll check to see whether one of them is "Informed" (taken the tour).
Once in a while, though, I'll get a new user with one badge, but the profile page shows no badges. In a recent example, new user Phena Wilson Phillips has the following badge display on their profile page:
What's up with this? Are there obscure (or perhaps non-"rare") badges that won't be displayed on a profile page? Is this some sort of server bug or time lag between badge acquisition and display? Can I be sure that this hidden badge isn't "Informed"?
Edit: in the fifty minutes since I first posted this question, the user's one badge has become visible on their profile page:
So, there's some time-dependent thing going on in the server. Any ideas what?