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How do “badges” work?

I was awarded Critic badge on Stack OverFlow after I down voted a wrong answer. But then I noticed that it cost me 1 point so I undo that (which is not the righteous thing to do, I should have stuck to my vote). Why do I still have Critic badge?

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marked as duplicate by animuson, Martijn Pieters, Servy, Bart, Mat Jan 30 '13 at 18:49

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Just a note that, on average, it doesn't cost you a full point to downvote. Many downvoted posts are deleted, and you'll get the point back. – Bo Persson Jan 30 '13 at 20:34
:).. that's a good point – Charu Khurana Jan 30 '13 at 20:48
up vote 4 down vote accepted

This is the behavior of all (non-tag) badges, not just that one badge. Once you meet the condition(s) for the badge it is awarded and it will never be taken away (automatically), even if those conditions are no longer met.

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@MartijnPieters Edited accordingly. – Servy Jan 30 '13 at 18:45
Unless you got the badge by fraud. IIRC, a couple of Publicist badges were removed because they were fraudulently obtained. – Daniel Fischer Jan 30 '13 at 19:26
@DanielFischer Does that edit satisfy you? – Servy Jan 30 '13 at 19:29

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