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Is the number of edits at the one that counts the edits relevant for gaining the Strunk & White and Copy Editor badges? (If not, wouldn't it be nice to have it that way? There's no reason for two different edit counts named the same.)

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Currently we don't have any real "counter" for badge progress, and we won't have as Jeff want to keep some badges a "surprise". – Shadow Wizard Oct 9 '11 at 12:47
@ShadowWizard: Thanks for the info. Does this mean Aziz's script isn't correct either? – doncherry Oct 9 '11 at 12:49
The data dump is old (I think around a month) so it can never be really accurate.. – Shadow Wizard Oct 9 '11 at 15:12
@ShadowWizard: Actually, the latest dump isn't quite a week old. Apart from that, is the script correct for the date the data was dumped? – doncherry Oct 9 '11 at 15:15
The most accurate script can be found here or in your case see here – Shadow Wizard Oct 9 '11 at 15:22
@ShadowWizard That appears to count multiple edits on the same post. It's off by 34 for me on Android compared to my method. – Matthew Read Oct 9 '11 at 16:15
@MatthewRead thanks, yours show 550 edits for me while 557 in the other.. looks more accurate indeed then. – Shadow Wizard Oct 9 '11 at 18:39
At some point, the team started displaying edit badge progress on the /review pages. It's not there right now because they're beta testing a new /review system. They'll bring it back once testing is done. – Pops Jul 23 '12 at 20:22
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Nope, they're not the same, for two reasons:

  • The badge is intended to exclude specific (the trivial ones, mostly) edits, though there's no reason to exclude those counts for general recognition of those users on the /users page.
  • Performance would greatly suffer if we had to do the same checks as the badge did for all users every time that query did a re-sort, so it's partially for performance as well.
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Is it not possible that you could stick the result of the last check you did for the badge into a table somewhere and have that and a time stamp visible? – Flexo Oct 19 '11 at 20:09
@awoodland - not performance-wise for nearly a million users...nope. – Nick Craver Oct 19 '11 at 20:11

No, the edit count shown on "Editors" tab could be different, I think it also includes "retags". To get an edit count that are eligible for "Strunk & White" badge, try running this query on Note, data.SE will not give you the latest count as the data is dumped every month:

FROM PostHistory
WHERE UserId = <YourUserId>
AND PostHistoryTypeId IN (4,5) -- 4 and 5 are post title and post body

"Strunk & White" is for those users who try to fix spellings and grammar of question titles and body.

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I think you also need to take away self edits – Sklivvz Oct 9 '11 at 15:13
And multiple edits on the same post don't count. Check out my query, so far as I've been able to determine it's accurate on the data dump. – Matthew Read Oct 9 '11 at 16:09

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