I have, for some time now, had all 6 gold Steward badges for 1000 reviews of each type. These badges explicitly say they are awarded once per review type only. (And I haven't made 2000 reviews of all 6 types, even if they did say "once per every 1000 reviews".)

Well, today I was just awarded 6 more steward badges:

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So now I have 12 gold Steward badges total.

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Not that I don't appreciate the extra recognition, but the extra badges seem to be an error. Anyone know why I got them?

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    It just happened to me too. I need a Covid vaccine, but instead I got gold badges.
    – Robusto
    Commented Jan 28, 2021 at 21:12
  • Happened to me too and now it's been taken back Commented Jan 29, 2021 at 4:36

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The rules are being changed; you're getting one Steward badge for every 1,000 reviews in a queue. See this comment by Stack Exchange staff member @animuson:

There's supposedly an announcement about review updates coming out today, if it hasn't been published somewhere yet. Seems the code is getting ahead of itself.

However, there seems to be a bug, so you might lose some of them shortly:

This is my bug, caused by a temporary issue with and old batch job running after a migration took place. I have a fix I can roll out in a few.

  • If there really is a change then I think someone should change the copy where it says "This bad is awarded once per review type."
    – Robusto
    Commented Jan 28, 2021 at 21:15
  • @Robusto that's in the works
    – Glorfindel
    Commented Jan 28, 2021 at 21:16
  • I guess someone put Descarte before the hearse.
    – Robusto
    Commented Jan 28, 2021 at 21:18

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