I was very confused to get the "Excavator" badge just now:

Edit first post that was inactive for 6 months. user568458 earned this badge 2 times

Recently awarded to:

4 mins ago (post deleted or otherwise unavailable)


I wasn't actually active on the site at the time I'm supposed to have edited this post - which now doesn't exist?

In fact clicking on this badge notification just now is the first time I've visited this site for several days.

What's going on? Have I been hacked?

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this is a know SE issue, meta.stackexchange.com/questions/280023/…
    – mpdonadio Mod
    Jun 7, 2016 at 20:22
  • Or you could have posted that link, which itself was only posted 10 minutes ago, as the answer to the question... Since "it's a network wide bug" is the answer to the question... Jun 7, 2016 at 20:23
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    Adding that as an answer would bring no value to the future readers of this site. This bug is being reported hundreds on times as new posts, comments, in chat, etc.
    – mpdonadio Mod
    Jun 7, 2016 at 22:00

1 Answer 1


There's a known bug with badge awarding process that has affected the awarding of the Marshall & Excavator badges. SE is looking into the issue.


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