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I have gold badges in and . My gets used the most, however, just now I voted to close as duplicate a question with both tags, and the closure message listed as the gold tag badge I used:

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Is there any rhyme or reason to how the system picks which tag to use when there are multiple available?

Bonus question, can this interfere with someone trying to reopen the question with a different tag badge? Could someone with just the gold badge reopen this with a single vote?

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It probably doesn’t matter.

Medix2 was able to reopen the question with their badge:

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So it seems that as long as you have the gold badge for one of the tags, it doesn’t matter which tag badge is mentioned in the close message.

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It is loosely based on which tag badge is first created

According to animuson on meta, it is loosely based on which tag badge was created first. Since (AFAIK) the tag has been around much longer, it probably got a tag badge first, meaning that it is probably the reason that the tag badge showed up when voting to close the question.

animuson clarified in a comment that:

It is not based on when the tags were created, but the tag badges themselves. Those are not created until the first person is eligible for the tag badge. Of note: the Badges table does not actually have a CreationDate column, so it's not technically based on date at all but just the order they were inserted into the table.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ The golden spells tag is actually newer than the golden dnd-5e tag so I'm not sure this is true \$\endgroup\$ Oct 29 '21 at 21:49
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Exempt-Medic if I’m reading Animuson’s answer correctly, then it matter which one had any tag badge first, not which one had a gold tag badge first. \$\endgroup\$ Oct 29 '21 at 21:50
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    \$\begingroup\$ The answer states: "It should be loosely based on the order that the tag badge itself was first created and inserted into the database (we don't keep all three classes of every tag badge for every tag in the database - they just get inserted once someone first earns them)." I'm honestly unsure which interpretation is right, I'll go leave a comment. It does say the order the tag badge was made, hmmm \$\endgroup\$ Oct 29 '21 at 21:52
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    \$\begingroup\$ They've now responded more directly: "It is not based on when the tags were created, but the tag badges themselves." so maybe this is just an odd case where "loosely based on" really meant "loosely" \$\endgroup\$ Oct 29 '21 at 22:24

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