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Edit: This seems to be a network-wide issue. See: Meta Stackexchange

A few minutes ago a got a notification that I received an Excavator badge. This was kinda puzzling, because I already had one. Shortly after I received yet another one, which made me open the acoording badge page. It appears that this badge is awarded repeatedly to random users.

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This goes on for 12 pages. Some people are also getting Marshal badges.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ It's seems cleared now! \$\endgroup\$ – Vaillancourt Jun 7 '16 at 20:31
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We just did a major revamp of how badges are awarded behind the scenes to drastically reduce the load on SQL Server. It now takes advantage of some pre-compute work we're doing to track badge progress in the profile.

However, I screwed up 2 queries, specifically the text names of the badges that prevent duplicate awarding. I was thinking to myself earlier "hey, maybe we should pass these in" as part of the rewrite - but it's not quite so simple. I'll take another look at this soon but when we're not fighting fires from a SQL Server upgrade. The cardinality changes which hosed some of the bigger badge queries needed urgent attention here, which ended up as a major revamp and introduced the 2 errors reported here.

-- Nick Craver

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SE is currently experiencing some sort of badge-related issues. It is being worked on by the developers.

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