Some time last year, I asked a question on SO with the tag [windows-desktop-gadgets]. As of Windows 7 (still in beta at the time), this was the official name for Windows Sidebar Gadgets, since the sidebar no longer existed.
I had thought I'd created the tag, at least it seemed like I was the first to use it. However, I may have edited the tag into someone else's question first - might this have credited them with the creation? There were many questions rather ambiguously tagged
gadget, which I edited to collate all the questions under a common tag so that users interested in the subject could browse the tag if they wished.
The reason I ask is the tag received its fiftieth question the other day and I've not seen any sign of the taxonomist badge. I'm almost ashamed to admit I checked twice a day for two weeks, waiting for someone to tag a question with it. :-) Badges ftw!
Update: I sent an email to firstname.lastname@example.org about this some time ago, I received the following response a few weeks later:
That tag wasn't created by any user, according to the database -- the UserID field is null on it, and it was created 2009-07-03.
If you feel strongly that you did create it, and can provide an edit link with the right date and time, I am open to adding your userid to get the badge.
The email wasn't signed by anyone so I'm not sure if it was from Jeff or another member of the team, I responded with:
Cool, thank you. It seems odd that it was created on 2009-07-03, because I asked this question on 2009-07-02 and edited the tag into it later that day:
AFAIK, that has the earliest timestamp of the tag – I thought all SO times were UTC, so it couldn’t be a timezone difference could it? Unless you mean March 7th, not July 3rd. It doesn’t seem likely unless a question was deleted, because there are no new/edited questions March 2009 with that tag, all the ones previous to that were tagged
gadgetor something similar, so I edited the tag into them but not until December last year when I decided to do some tidying up.
That was on 26th April, I sent a follow-up on 18th May - I've not yet received a reply and I have a feeling my emails are being marked as spam or something.
I don't want to be a nag, I'd just like some sort of feedback on the situation :-) It certainly piqued my interest a lot more when the database reported the tag's creation at 2009-07-03 when my edit shows the tag added on 2009-07-02.
I got an email (presumably from Jeff, it wasn't signed again), he said to wait patiently until they get around to it and that it could take a few months. Fair enough :-)
Just landed on SO and saw that I'd got the taxonomist badge for
[windows-desktop-gadgets], checked my emails and I had an email confirming that the database had been updated to credit me as the tag creator. Thanks muchly, Jeff! I guess that means this can be edited to
Jon Seigel appears to have rediscovered this issue and has been able to post some details about it: