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I've read that badges like "Analytical" or "Beta" can no longer be earned. Shouldn't these badges be removed from the list?

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No. Some people still have those badges. They still exist even if they can't be earned. –  hammar Jun 9 '13 at 18:42
    
Historical significance :P –  Lix Jun 9 '13 at 18:45
    
I see, thanks :) –  mishik Jun 9 '13 at 18:46
    
@hammar What about Precognitive then? :P –  Doorknob 冰 Jun 9 '13 at 20:46

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As correctly mentioned by @hammar, these badges are still listed because users still have them. Badges are never revoked* or reversed. If these were removed then the next meta post would be:

How can users have badges that don't exist?

Taken from the How to badges work meta FAQ post:

Tag badges, on the other hand, disappear immediately if you ever cease to meet their criteria, which could happen through deletion or downvotes.

* Not including tag badges or badges obtained by "heinous cheating"

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The Badge List is a list of badges that users can get or could have gotten previously. Since those two badges are can still be kept by users, they should still be shown on the list.

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