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I was just awarded the "Yearling" badge on MSE for the fifth time in the past month. I'm a bit confused as to why this is happening. A screenshot is provided as evidence.

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My account was created a pretty long while ago, but I only recently started posting--perhaps that has something to do with it?

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No, the correct number of badges you should have is $$\max\{n\leq\text{Years}\mid n\times200\leq\text{Reputation}\}.$$

If you just passed a threshold, you might get more badges.

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    $\begingroup$ So yearling compares total years and total reputation, rather than (as I interpreted from the badge description) counting the distinct year-long periods with at least +200 reputation gain? $\endgroup$
    – Angelica
    Dec 5 '21 at 15:46
  • $\begingroup$ Does this mean that if user $X$ earns 0 reputation in the first 10 years, and then earns 2000 reputation in the first month of the 11th year, they will be awarded 10 “yearling” batches in that month? $\endgroup$
    – MJD
    Dec 5 '21 at 16:42
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    $\begingroup$ @MJD: Yes. If you have an inactive account which is a decade old, then for ten days you get 200 points per day (which is the maximum), then you will get a badge every day. $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Dec 5 '21 at 17:27
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    $\begingroup$ @MJD Clearly not ideal in any way, shape or form. ... Definitley Worth a post to meta.se, methinks, $\endgroup$
    – amWhy
    Dec 5 '21 at 19:45
  • $\begingroup$ @amWhy I suspect that this is a case of SE not saving yearly reputation in a permanent database rather than a deliberate design decision. $\endgroup$ Dec 6 '21 at 19:13

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