Just yesterday I saw this pop up in my achievements cup:

Screenshot of Achievements Notification

I haven't even been on Stack Overflow for that long, let alone here. So what happened?

I did earn 200 reputation, but I haven't been here for a year.

Windows, with Chrome browser. Didn't eat breakfast today. Please don't redact this badge from me :D

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    Are you sure? Your profile here on MSE says you've been a member for a year and 6 months. – Adam Lear Sep 29 at 4:21
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    I dont think it matters how long you were actually active, i think it matters how long your account existed at all, and it probably doesn't matter how long you took to get 200 rep too. – mindstormsboi Sep 29 at 5:08
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    You've been on a few sites for 18 months, how is it that the FAQ is unclear? – Rob Sep 29 at 5:40
  • Maybe an account merge took place? – rene Sep 29 at 5:57
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    Worth noting that on MSE time flies ... – rene Sep 29 at 5:58
  • Everyone, I haven't been here that long! I think @rene is correct. I created my StackOverflw account first, and I haven't earned yearling there. So what happened? – 10 Rep isn't active on MSE Sep 29 at 6:15
  • @Rob I have been here for 2 months. Not 18 months. Don't you think I'd know? I haven't earn't yearling on StackOverflow, so how would I here? – 10 Rep isn't active on MSE Sep 29 at 6:23
  • @mindstormsboi again, I haven't been here for 18 months, only 2 months. – 10 Rep isn't active on MSE Sep 29 at 6:23
  • @AdamLear I haven't been here for 18 months, only 2 months. How else would I only visit the site for 109 days? – 10 Rep isn't active on MSE Sep 29 at 6:33
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    109 days is more than 2 months anyway. – Rand al'Thor Sep 29 at 8:41
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    @rene time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana. – Robert Columbia Sep 29 at 17:04

The account you're now using on this site (Meta Stack Exchange) was created in 24th to March, 2019. That's year and half ago, which is over a year:

profile page with join date and reputation

Once you got over 200 rep, you received the Yearling badge.

Numbers do not lie.

You might have created the account in that time, forgot about it, created a new one, and the new one got merged into it.

Congrats for your new badge.

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  • Ohhh! I understand! I had a really old account called Programmer. I deleted it after a while, but not this one. An account merge may have happened. Thanks for the exact date. – 10 Rep isn't active on MSE Sep 29 at 6:37
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    Yeah, so you deleted the SO profile, and forgot you had one here as well. All good. :) – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Sep 29 at 6:38

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