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Some of the badges have a large delay.

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Fair enough...just wanted to make sure I wasn't misunderstanding how it works. Thanks for the follow up! –  AJ. Feb 1 '10 at 21:37
    
I'm surprised, though, because I've almost always gotten the Nice Answer and Enlightened badges at the exact same time -- and he's already got the Nice Answer for this one. –  mmyers Feb 1 '10 at 22:18
    
Why do some of the badges have a large delay? –  andrewtweber Nov 15 '11 at 1:24
    
@andrew, because they only run the script that checks for them every so often. –  Lance Roberts Nov 15 '11 at 1:54

Did you post your answer before or after the other answer?

If before, then yes, and the badge awarding system is probably just taking it's sweet time.

If after, then no. Sorry, Enlightened is a tough one.

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Yeah my answer was first by about a minute and a half. I'm patient, really I am. :) –  AJ. Feb 1 '10 at 21:39
    
I didn't realize that's how it worked, I always thought you got it the first time you had an answer with 10 upvotes that was acccepted. Learn something new everyday. –  Lance Roberts Feb 1 '10 at 21:43
    
It's okay. There are some badges with far worse award times. –  Super Long Names are Hilarious Feb 1 '10 at 21:43
    
@Lance - Yeah, the badge wording is really weird because it seems Jeff was afraid of using too many words. Feature request? –  Super Long Names are Hilarious Feb 1 '10 at 21:49

I believe deleted answers still count for "firstness", so if someone replied before you did, but then deleted their answer, you won't ever see the Enlightened badge. Some moderator/10k+ user will have to confirm for you whether there is a deleted answer on this question.

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oh? hrrm...that (might) suck? –  AJ. Feb 1 '10 at 21:46
    
No deleted answers. No worries AJ. –  Super Long Names are Hilarious Feb 1 '10 at 21:58
    
I'm pretty sure I've gotten the badge when the first answer was deleted. –  mmyers Feb 1 '10 at 22:00
    
Nope - you get the badge if a prior answer is deleted. I have in the past. Of course if the answer is subsequently undeleted your answer no longer qualifies so you won't get the badge the next time you have a qualifying answer. –  ChrisF Feb 1 '10 at 22:08

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