I came across a user with low rep but a gold famous question badge and was curious. It seems his question (the only one he has) was marked as a duplicate of the actual famous question.
This seems to be some kind of loophole.
Steps (this is by no means an encouragement to do the same):
- find a famous question
- make a new question asking essentially the same thing
- get your question marked as a duplicate of the famous question
- get a nice shiny gold badge
Is this intentional?
Besides good ethics/morals, whats stopping anyone from doing this exact same thing to get undeserved badges?
Edit: This is not as severe as I thought. The question in question actually does have enough views to be a famous question though it may be entirely due to the fact that it was marked as a duplicate to a famous and well rated question. By chance or not, I suppose this sort of this is most likely frowned upon but not reversed.