Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 158 Stack Exchange communities.

What is meta?
Here's how it works:
  1. Any Stack Exchange user can ask a question
  2. The community provides support, votes on ideas, and reports bugs
  3. Your voice helps shape the way Stack Exchange operates

This question already has an answer here:

I got the 'Critic' badge on my first down vote on a post.

But, soon I recognized that it was not appropriate to give a down vote for that post and revoked the same. And there is no down vote present from me all over the system at the moment.

But my user id is still decorated with the 'Critic' badge though I am not eligible as of the moment for the same.

Please have thought on this whether it is proper behavior or not?

share|improve this question

marked as duplicate by Asad Saeeduddin, ben is uǝq backwards, hims056, Manishearth, animuson Feb 12 '13 at 19:36

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

up vote 3 down vote accepted

Regular badges are forever. Once awarded, they are not taken away agan.*

The same is not true for tag specialist badges; they are taken away and re-awarded as needed.

*If you earned the badge through cheating, the site developers can, at their discretion, revoke badges.

share|improve this answer
Revoking badges, does that happen ? – AsheeshR Feb 13 '13 at 11:52
@AshRj: If gained through cheating, yes. – Martijn Pieters Feb 13 '13 at 11:53
That I understood, but does it actually happen ? Anything here in Meta ? – AsheeshR Feb 13 '13 at 11:54
So it does happen.. – AsheeshR Feb 13 '13 at 12:04

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