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A while ago, I spotted the gold badge, Unsung Hero, which carries the description, Zero score accepted answers: more than 10 and 25% of total.

The way I interpret that is that you need more than 10 zero score accepted answers, and at least 25% of your accepted answers need to be zero score.

I'm guessing my interpretation is incorrect, as looking at my own profile, I have:

  • 35 accepted answers with scores
  • 12 accepted answers without scores
  • 47 total accepted answers
  • 12 out of 47 is 25.53% zero score answers

So by my reckoning, I should have that badge.

My zero score accepted answer percentage was higher a week or so ago (I seem to recall it was around 27% or 28%), but has since decreased as I've had some answers accepted recently that had been up voted.

Can anyone explain this? I'm guessing I'm misinterpreting the badge description?

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@PopularDemand, +1 for that, that information would be really handy if it appeared on the current badges page, as a 'More detail' (or similar) link. – Bryan Feb 27 '12 at 22:45
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You get the badge when you have at least 10 answers that has been accepted with a score of zero, and those answers make up at least 25% of all your accepted answers. For example, if you have 10 accepted answers with a score of zero, and 40 total accepted answers, then you get the badge.

Note that an answer with a score of zero is any answer that has a net up vote / down vote count of zero.

Other restrictions that apply to the answers for which you can gain the badge are the following one:

  • only accepted answers at least ten days old are considered
  • Community Wiki answers, deleted answers, and self-accepted answers are not included in any calculations
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The description states zero score, rather than no up-votes, so I'd take that literally as meaning 'zero score' answers, but I agree it could easily be misunderstood – Bryan Feb 25 '12 at 21:17
Score in the Stack Exchange case means the difference between the number of up-votes, and the number of down-votes, which is also 0 when the answer has never been voted before the badge is assigned. – kiamlaluno Feb 25 '12 at 21:19
The description Zero score accepted answers: more than 10 and 25% of total is a little misleading in my opinion if it means 25% of all answers. – Bryan Feb 25 '12 at 21:21
@Bryan Both figures do indeed refer to accepted answers only. – Tim Stone Feb 25 '12 at 21:33
For info, just counted up, and 6 of my 12 zero score answers were answers to my own questions. – Bryan Feb 25 '12 at 21:35
@kiamlaluno Have these restrictions changed? Out of my accepted answers more than 10 days old I have 13 TOTAL, and 8 ZERO SCORE which is almost 75% according to your post. Any idea why I have not gotten the badge? – Notorious Pet0 May 11 '15 at 6:08
@NotoriousPet0 Because 8 is not more then 10 – Krycke Jun 25 '15 at 6:44
@NotoriousPet0 Both the conditions must be true. If that is valid for 8 answers out of 9, for example, you don't get the badge, in the same way you don't get it for 10 answers out of 100. – kiamlaluno Jun 25 '15 at 7:08

I originally searched on ServerFault meta, which didn't return any results, but never thought to search on StackOverflow meta until my question was migrated here.

But now that I have searched here on SO, I think I've worked it out, from this answer.

A few of those zero score answers, were answers I'd posted to my own questions, which for obvious reasons, don't count.

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