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I just received an Announcer badge for this question. As far as I can remember, I've never seen this question before. I certainly haven't shared it (I know nothing about this game, and it looks okay rule/meta wise, so I can't think of any reason why I would have needed to share a link). Yet the badge is in my list of accomplishments.

According to this related meta question, one reason this might occur is due to user error - whoever actually posted a link mistyped my user ID instead of theirs. Though I guess it's possible, none of the users associated with that question (asker, answerers, and commenters) seem to have IDs close to mine, so I don't know if this is the case or not.

As much as I like shiny badges, I don't want to "steal" one from another person if that's what happened. Similarly, if the system glitched out, I don't want to have a cheated badge either.

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Are you sure you've never seen that question before? If it wasn't you, who wrote this question? ;)

In the following screenshot, the first link is the question you've "never seen before":

It looks like you just forgot that you shared it. You can search a site for a part of a url with e.g. url:54525/145980

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  • Looks like that's the culprit. I thought visits from SE sites don't count towards that badge, though? Does Meta not count? – Mage Xy Mar 22 '18 at 0:00
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    @MageXy Due to the change to HTTPS, it can't tell that the visits were from within SE. I like to think this is the new intended behavior :P – Laurel Mar 22 '18 at 0:11
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    Neat! Guess I actually earned this badge. I will wear it with pride! – Mage Xy Mar 22 '18 at 0:15

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