Just got 1000 clicks in one hour:

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I hardly get badges, but on U&L tonight, in an hour, a robot is creating like six of them. I appreciate the new hat but it is distracting:

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To make matters worse, whilst typing this question I got a "yearling" badge which might really be valid.

What's going on?

  • Oh I do appreciate the new hat though. If you take back the badges can I still keep the hat? Dec 13, 2019 at 3:48

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This happened to a number of people.

Regarding the "Announcer" badge: A bug was fixed. See Suddenly getting "Announcer" badges every few minutes? (and then Missing publicist badge?) on the main Meta site. You can't give badges back.

Regarding the hats: No, you can't unfortunately keep the hats that you earn in the "Winter Bash" past January 1. See the Winter bash 2019 FAQ.

The above also addresses your comment.

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    One small correction, the 7 badges were gone this morning. Dec 13, 2019 at 11:29
  • @WinEunuuchs2Unix The badges could have been given to you, then deleted, during the bug fixing that StackExchange were doing. What I meant was that you can't give back badges that you gain ordinarily. If you were never supposed to have those badges, then they were obviously given due to some mishap, which was later corrected.
    – Kusalananda Mod
    Dec 13, 2019 at 12:20

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