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This user (not me) has been awarded the Curious badge. Why is the 'Next badge' still showing as Curious badge on this profile?

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    Don't you have to go and pick the next badge manually? What happens if you haven't done that yet?
    – VLAZ
    Dec 4, 2020 at 9:03
  • That is right @VLAZ, if you dont manually check the box there it remains showing the current badge
    – Luuklag
    Dec 4, 2020 at 9:08
  • this not my profile..
    – نور
    Dec 4, 2020 at 9:10
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    It was a general "you" as in "anybody", not you specifically. And as Luuklag says - once somebody gets a badge, they have to go and pick the next one manually. Until that point, their profile will just display the "next" badge as the one they've already received.
    – VLAZ
    Dec 4, 2020 at 9:11
  • Does this answer your question? Curious badge bug Dec 4, 2020 at 9:23
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    @Sonic the K-Day Hedgehog no.
    – نور
    Dec 4, 2020 at 9:25

2 Answers 2


That's . This is how that widget looks for the owner (except that this is a different badge):

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Until they've made a choice for which badge to track next, they will be registered as tracking that particular badge. And this is how their profile will look to others:

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  • Has it always been this way? Or only recently? I just noticed it a minute ago (see my answer below: meta.stackexchange.com/a/357527/391772), and searched on Meta to see if someone else had asked about it, then found this page, which happened to be from only 2 days ago. Also congratulations on 699 bronze badges! Only one more to go! Dec 6, 2020 at 18:49
  • It has been so for a long while (perhaps at least 4 years?), I don't remember it having changed. Also, your bug is perhaps a consequence of meta.stackexchange.com/q/263351/295232 ?
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Dec 6, 2020 at 19:07
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    Good point. I've upvoted one of their questions that had 4 upvotes, so let's see if they get the badge now. It's still a "bug" from a UX or presentation perspective. It seems very incorrect to say: "Progress towards next badge: 6/5" Dec 6, 2020 at 19:11

I appreciate Glorfindel's answer and how the system treats this issue "by design" however when we look at TheSimpliFire's profile we see this:

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which casual observers will certainly think is a bug.

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    TheSimpliFire doesn't have a positive question record. try to click on the badge.
    – ppwater
    Dec 7, 2020 at 4:06
  • @ppwater Interesting. There must be some deleted questions with a lot of downvotes. After all: "Meta is Murder". However "Progress towards next badge: 6/5" will not look "correct" to most observers. It appears more like a bug than anything else. Dec 7, 2020 at 4:17
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    Hmm, true. it'll be great if there is not positive question record, don't suggest it or don't make the badge appear or something.
    – ppwater
    Dec 7, 2020 at 4:19
  • I think that the person hasn't decided the next badge to track yet. Surprisingly, users don't get notified when they completed a badge.
    – KTrain5369
    Dec 16, 2020 at 1:21

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