I recently got W00T (Enthusiast) and am now looking to Fanatic. I saw on another post that SO has been open for 11 months but no one has won Fanatic yet. Is it broken or just a coincidence?

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    A better question is why wasn't it made retroactive?
    – tvanfosson
    Commented Jul 20, 2009 at 17:40
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    Yup, I agree - why should days before the badges introduction be worth any less than days after? If anything, being an early adopter of SO would make you more of a fanatic.
    – donnacha
    Commented Sep 4, 2009 at 4:23

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The Fanatic badge was just unveiled and started tracking around 6/26/09. It'll be September before anybody gets it.

  • That would explain it, I must have joined and started visiting days after they were unveiled. Commented Jul 20, 2009 at 17:41

Today's the day.

Front page is stacked with them.

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  • Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww hell yeah, just got mine.
    – Eric
    Commented Sep 4, 2009 at 2:39
  • Me too. I have the flair enabled on my blog, and I saw a gold on it. I was confused until I came to SO. Now I'm proud. :) Commented Sep 4, 2009 at 5:49
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    hooray for the i-have-no-life badge. my 1st gold
    – Dinah
    Commented Sep 4, 2009 at 16:02
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    Wohoo, got mine today! First gold on SO, second gold overall. Now that I think about it---why do I even care? Cursing you, Jeff Atwood, you and your stupid addictive ideas...
    – balpha StaffMod
    Commented Sep 9, 2009 at 9:52

Enthusiast and Fanatic was recently added badges. And the time period started after they have been added.


Assuming that the count for the Fanatic badge started at the same time as the Woot! badge, I would expect the first round to be awarded on or around September 4th.

  • September 4th UTC! Who called it? (I did) Commented Sep 4, 2009 at 2:02

Ding Fanatic! (It's an mmo thing)

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