What is meta? ×
Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 150 Stack Exchange communities.

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?

share|improve this question
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

1 Answer 1

up vote 3 down vote accepted

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.

share|improve this answer
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 Those are rescinded if you fall below the threshold, or if the tag gets nuked - quite a few [homework] tag badges are disappearing these days.)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
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

You must log in to answer this question.

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