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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?

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See… , I believe a slew of duplicate questions for the same issue got cleaned up. – Mat Feb 23 '12 at 16:44
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
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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for the badge: There really were badges that were handed out in error (see linked question), but these ended up being rescinded.

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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

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