What is meta? ×
Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 134 Stack Exchange communities.

Yesterday I received a badge on Stack Overflow erroneously. I posted a question on Meta to see if that was a bug (using the tag), yet today there is no record that I ever received the badge or ever asked the question on Meta... Feels kinda like a conspiracy... Can anyone fill me in on how this all works?

share|improve this question
    
See meta.stackexchange.com/questions/123159/… , I believe a slew of duplicate questions for the same issue got cleaned up. –  Mat Feb 23 '12 at 16:44
5  
Stack Overflow doesn't correct mistakes, it rewrites time. Looks much cooler –  Pëkka Feb 23 '12 at 16:55
    
. . . maybe . . . (>.>) –  Adam Davis Feb 23 '12 at 17:00
    
It never happened. And you'd better keep quiet, if you know what's good for you. –  Won't Feb 23 '12 at 18:51
    
@Mat thanks for the link. That was exactly the problem. –  Phil Feb 23 '12 at 21:58

1 Answer 1

up vote 7 down vote accepted

I'm guessing it was the Vox Populi badge. There was a question about it — and then there were several more, likely including yours. Normally these would have just been closed as duplicates, but I guess they didn't really add value, and there were too many of them, so they got deleted instead.

As for the badge: There really were badges that were handed out in error (see linked question), but these ended up being rescinded.

share|improve this answer
2  
Exactly. Given that there ended up being 10 duplicates, cleaning them up via deletion was a reasonable choice. –  Tim Stone Feb 23 '12 at 18:25
    
It was the Vox Populi badge. Thanks for helping me out. It was all too vivid in my mind to be a dream... –  Phil Feb 23 '12 at 21:59

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .