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It appears that 20 hours ago, 75 people earned the generalist badge. For all who currently have the badge, it was awarded at this time.

What event or sequence of events caused the simultaneous awarding of the badge to 75 users?

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There is a requirement that a site must fulfil for Generalist badges to be awarded, namely that the top-40 tags have 201 questions or more (source). Academia passed this threshold yesterday¹, and hence everyone eligible for this badge² received it at the same time.


¹ with this question (there are two tags with 201 questions, and this is the most recent one in those tags)
² which were quite a lot by the way; only a handful of sites on the network have more generalists.

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  • Out of interest, how did you find out about the handful of sites with more generalists? Some ingenious db query (if so, any chance of a link to it?), or extensive trawling?
    – 410 gone
    Jul 28 '16 at 9:13
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    @EnergyNumbers: Semi-extensive trawling in circumstances that did not allow me to focus on any intelligent tasks – it’s not that much to do if you know what you are doing.
    – Wrzlprmft Mod
    Jul 28 '16 at 9:17
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    @EnergyNumbers There is an ingenious sede query for this. The ingenious part was a ready-made Cross-site query template.
    – user7351
    Aug 1 '16 at 11:48

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