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Reviewing the "evidence" of the Reversal badge ( often links to questions that have been

removed from Stack Overflow for reasons of moderation

Is this expected behavior, or an unintended consequence of removing the question? Examples include No typing in input field and Is jQuery faster than javascript. The badge system seems broken if we can't review the evidence of the award — plus it can be entertaining in the case of the Reversal badge.

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It's an intended consequence of removing the question. Some badges aren't reversed due to post deletions; they're just debited against future badge awards. – Robert Harvey Jan 10 '13 at 21:59
What do you mean by "expected behavior"? That you can't actually see the deleted question? That's as expected – Bart Jan 10 '13 at 21:59
@Bart yes, that is what I meant. I thought it may have been unintentional to delete the proof for the badge award. – Jesse Jan 10 '13 at 22:03
Deleted questions are, well, deleted and besides the OP visible only to users with a reputation of 10k or higher. – Bart Jan 10 '13 at 22:05
If a question has been used to award the Reversal badge, shouldn't that question be protected from deletion so it can be referenced on the badge page? – Jesse Jan 10 '13 at 22:07
@Mysticial I agree, but I can still click on his Famous Question badge and see which question he asked to earn the badge (the evidence of the badge). – Jesse Jan 10 '13 at 22:10
You're right about those questions being a good source of entertainment. The comment thread on Fastest way in C# to iterate through ALL Guids Possible (10K only link) is awesome. I guess you have found good motivation for earning 10K. – Some Helpful Commenter Jan 10 '13 at 23:53
up vote 6 down vote accepted

This is normal.

  1. The question usually needs to be bad to be downvoted.
  2. The Reversal badge requires that the question be downvoted.
  3. Bad questions tend to get deleted.

Badges aren't removed if the question is deleted. The ultimate result is that a large number of Reversal badges are rewarded on questions that are eventually deleted.

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