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Scrolling through the list of badges today, I found one that I had never seen before: Informed. I've consulted the list several times before and have not seen it so it must be relatively new. This raises a few questions.

  1. When did this badge become available?

  2. Are new badges announced (on the main site or on meta)?

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    $\begingroup$ And suddenly there is a big spike in the number of Informed badges awarded.... (or so I assume) $\endgroup$ – Excluded and Offended Jan 19 '13 at 19:45
  • $\begingroup$ @Hurkyl Yes, and very few of the Informed users so far are new users, for whom the About page is intended. $\endgroup$ – user53153 Jan 19 '13 at 21:29
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The new badge came into existence because of the new about page. This innovation was announced on Meta.SO but not on per-site metas.

One way to stay (more or less) current with the SE feature changes is to bookmark/favorite the Meta.SO thread Recent feature changes to Stack Exchange. At present it does not mention the new About page and Informed badge, but presumably will catch up soon.

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