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Is the Critic badge badge awarded prematurely

I currently have the Critic badge, but no downvotes. I was immediately awarded the badge upon clicking the down arrow, even though I canceled before the downvote was made permanent.

Expected behavior: The badge should be awarded when the downvote becomes un-undoable, not before.

The related question is tagged "by design" but this behavior has resulted in an inconsistent state — namely, I have a badge without the prereqs.

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marked as duplicate by Ladybug Killer, random, Diago Oct 27 '09 at 14:41

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You're right, but it's already beaten to death in your dupe link. Badges are almost never revoked. Jeff doesn't care about these tiny inconsistencies. He's not a real programmer, you know... –  Ladybug Killer Oct 27 '09 at 14:02
    
That has happened to me –  Benny Jan 22 '11 at 5:08

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By design, awarded badges are not removed due to further user actions except for the following exception:

  1. Tag badges are removed if the tag score falls below the required threshold.
  2. After accounts merge the criteria for most badges is re-calculated (e.g. for Nice Question) and if the merged account doesn't meet the requirements the badge is not passed.
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Not true. Beta badge was removed. –  Ladybug Killer Oct 27 '09 at 14:10
    
@John Smithers I still have my Beta badge, when were they removed? –  dlamblin Oct 27 '09 at 14:14
    
@dlamblin: Not all were removed, but some. meta.stackexchange.com/questions/18731/… –  Ladybug Killer Oct 27 '09 at 14:24
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@John but that was just an exception to the rule, due to a change in the badge requisites. It would be equivalent to creating a new badge with a different name and eliminating the old one. The situation the OP described is different: it's only his actions and status that changed, not any design. He was a critic once, and, on SO, once a critic, always a critic. –  Daniel Daranas Oct 27 '09 at 14:54
    
@Daniel: I know this pretty well (as you can see by my comment to the question). So what do you want to tell me? –  Ladybug Killer Oct 27 '09 at 15:09
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@John: That "By design, awarded badges are never removed" is still true, or true-ish. A "truer" statement would be "By design, awarded badges are never removed due to further user actions." Removing badges due to the fact that a badge was substantially redefined falls into a different category of actions. –  Daniel Daranas Oct 27 '09 at 15:24
    
@Daniel: I do not want to know how you define false ;) –  Ladybug Killer Oct 27 '09 at 20:24
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#define false 0 :-) –  Daniel Daranas Oct 28 '09 at 9:04
    
Nice I did that? –  Benny Jan 22 '11 at 5:07

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