I just loaded the SO homepage, and every one of the "Recent Badges" listed down the right-hand side was a "Yearling" badge.

Did I just happen to arrive right after some cron job had run?

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As the others said, Yearling is issued daily, and all those users signed up on 25 Sep (2008 and 2009). Here's a list of the creation dates of all the accounts listed as receiving Yearling on the homepage right now: http://odata.stackexchange.com/stackoverflow/q/11723/


Yes, the cron job for Yearling runs at midnight UTC.

  • This would have been around 0045. I'm surprised that it went that long without something else being added - but it's the weekend. Meh :) Thanks for the answer.
    – Ed Daniel
    Commented Sep 26, 2010 at 0:56
  • @Ed Well, maybe a little after midnight. I don't think anyone has actually sat down and watched the badges that closely.
    – waiwai933
    Commented Sep 26, 2010 at 0:57

The job that checks when "Yearling" should be awarded presumably only runs once a day...so yeah, you probably arrived at the "right" time.

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