Jawa asked me this in a comment and I didn't know the answer. So I present it to the meta SO community:

[To get the Yearling badge] Do you need to earn the 200 rep within that one year or is it enough to get 200 at some point after being a member for a year? And does 'a year' mean the very first 12 months or the last (sliding window of) 12 months?

I would assume that if you hit 200 reputation after you've already been around for a year, then you would get the Yearling badge. But I don't know.

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It's pretty (maybe too?) simple. You'll get the yearling badge as long as you have at least (Years * 200) rep by the target date.

We don't actually test that you got the reputation within the specified year.

  • I see I'm going to have to start participating on Server Fault if I ever want more than one of these badges over there. – ChrisF Mar 23 '10 at 9:50
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    Suppose in 1st year I have reputation under 200 and in 2nd year I have reputation under 400 but more than 200 then will I get Yearling badge in 2nd year? – Somnath Muluk Mar 6 '12 at 5:55
  • @Som Yes, sure :) – nicael Dec 31 '14 at 15:37
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    I can confirm this. I have been an inactive member with 1 reputation for 2 years. I recently started participating and I received 2 Yearling badges this week: one when I exceeded 200 reputation, and the other when I exceeded 400. – Andrea Dusza Dec 5 '15 at 23:55
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    Can double confirm this. Received it 4x in the last year: i.imgur.com/ma3ywdq.png – JakeSteam Dec 6 '18 at 10:16

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