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I seem to recall a badge that had something along the lines of

Voted up two competing answers.

or something like that. Has this badge been removed?

What happens to a badge if it is removed entirely from SO. Is the badge count lowered or does it stay intact?

Is there a history of old badges that SO has had, what it did and why it was removed?

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Are you sure you are not confused with the Sportsmanship badge? That requires 100 upvotes on competing posts. –  Martijn Pieters Oct 10 '12 at 11:50
    
have a look at List of all badges with full descriptions and find the one you are looking for. –  Lucifer Oct 10 '12 at 11:53
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You are talking about the Sportsmanship badge.

The text was probably changed over time but essentially it means "voted up 100 competing answers".

As for badge removal I strongly believe such thing never happened and never will, but if it does then yes the badge count will decrease as there's no point counting a badge that does not exist.

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I think you're right. Either I remember it wrong or they've changed the description on this tag. –  Niklas Oct 10 '12 at 11:58
    
(Except for tag badges. Those are rescinded if you fall below the threshold, or if the tag gets nuked - quite a few [homework] tag badges are disappearing these days.) –  Mat Oct 10 '12 at 11:59
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Correct, we've never removed a public badge. –  Nick Craver Oct 10 '12 at 11:59
    
@Niklas - you are not wrong. Here is the source - looks like it was changed in Aug 20. –  Shadow Wizard Oct 10 '12 at 12:01
    
@Nick thanks, and is this a possibility in the future? –  Shadow Wizard Oct 10 '12 at 12:02
    
I don't see this ever happening, we're pretty protective of already-awarded badges. If a badge is brand-spanking-new and is wildly bugged then maybe there would be an extreme case, but even then I doubt it. –  Nick Craver Oct 10 '12 at 12:03
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