I thought that the Yearling badge is awarded once a year for members who earn 200+ reputation in that year. But I was awarded this badge four times within last 20 days.

So how does it really work?

  • By chance did you come back after staying away many years? – CarLaTeX Nov 18 at 16:40
  • I created the account five years before. But didn’t have sufficient reputation the initial years . – nidhin Nov 18 at 16:43
  • Maybe you earn >200 rep this year and they give you the yearling badge for the 5 years before, I don't know if it's correct or a bug :) – CarLaTeX Nov 18 at 17:14
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    Are you afraid that you are aging too fast? ;-) – marmot Nov 18 at 19:57
  • @marmot HaHa. Slightly ;) – nidhin Nov 18 at 20:02
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    Here is a way out. Just board a very fast spacecraft, special relativity will do the rest. (No, this does not only work for ducks. ;-) – marmot Nov 18 at 20:05
  • @marmot Will try once aging becomes too fast :) – nidhin Nov 18 at 20:10
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The Yearling badge is awarded for being an "Active member for a year, earning at least 200 reputation." However, it can be awarded retroactively if you've been around for a while but only recently started contributing. Here is a view of your reputation over time (data):

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You triggered the Yearling badge on the following dates, based on your reputation change:

  • May 17, 2014: Joined TeX.SE

  • May 17, 2015: Been a member on TeX.SE for 1 year with reputation 178 (< 200); eligible for 1 Yearling badge

  • May 17, 2016: Been a member on TeX.SE for 2 years with reputation 198 (< 200); eligible for 2 Yearling badges

  • May 17, 2017: Been a member on TeX.SE for 3 years with reputation 198 (< 200); eligible for 3 Yearling badges

  • May 24, 2017: Earned 10 daily rep to achieve 208 total reputation > First Yearling badge

  • May 17, 2018: Been a member on TeX.SE for 4 years with reputation 228 (< 400); eligible for 4 Yearling badges

  • Oct 28, 2018: Earned 130 daily rep to achieve 448 total reputation > Second Yearling badge (reputation > 400)

  • Nov 10, 2018: Earned 114 daily rep to achieve 641 total reputation > Third Yearling badge (reputation > 600)

  • Nov 16, 2018: Earned 137 daily rep to achieve 820 total reputation > Fourth Yearling badge (reputation > 800)

  • Nov 18, 2018: Earned 200 daily rep to achieve 1,115 total reputation > Fifth Yearling badge (reputation > 1,000)

Reference: How does the Yearling badge now work over multi years?

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