Yesterday I received a badge on Stack Overflow erroneously. I posted a question on Meta to see if that was a bug (using the bug 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?
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for the badge: There really were badges that were handed out in error (see linked question), but these ended up being rescinded.