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According to this post, my Recent page on StackOverflow shows I have gained 221 reputation today. So why don't I have the Mortarboard badge?

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Please stand by, adding freehand circles – The Unhandled Exception Apr 8 '10 at 0:00
Where did you get that email icon next to your name ? – ʞunɥdɐpɐɥd May 14 '13 at 17:31
At the top. Where there is a link to your profil page with your rep and badges. To the left of your name there is an email Icon. – ʞunɥdɐpɐɥd May 14 '13 at 17:35
That's a really old screen capture @returnPhaDaPhunk :-) That was what SE had before the multicollider thingadongdong. – The Unhandled Exception May 14 '13 at 17:36
Oooo I see... Thanks ! – ʞunɥdɐpɐɥd May 14 '13 at 17:36
@ʞunɥdɐpɐɥd it's called "The Envelope" don't insult it by calling it "email icon"! It used to become red when there were new notifications and everyone loved it until its cruel death. ;) – Shadow Wizard Jun 11 '13 at 21:13
@sha ... im.. sorry.. I didnt know.. – ʞunɥdɐpɐɥd Jun 11 '13 at 21:18
@ʞunɥdɐpɐɥd you are forgiven! :D – Shadow Wizard Jun 11 '13 at 21:19
up vote 11 down vote accepted

Sometimes it takes a bit for the badges to appear. As far as I know badges are calculated every few hours and awarded then.

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Nice, thanks. I got it instantly on SuperUser, so I assumed it was instant. – The Unhandled Exception Apr 7 '10 at 23:56
I ended up getting the badge a few hours later just as you said. Thanks! – The Unhandled Exception Apr 8 '10 at 12:04

Since some changes last month the reputation for accepted answers doesn't any longer count for the reputation cap. The answers on the question you linked to are no longer up to date.

For Mortarboard you now need 200 reputation from votes alone. For example 20 upvotes on answers, or more if there also were downvotes.

If you get upvotes that are "capped" by the limit you will see that the vote count shown in the "Recent Activity" items doesn't match the reputation shown for them anymore, like the top two ones here:


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Ahhhhhh. That was it. Of my +226 rep, 30 was from accepted answers. – The Unhandled Exception Apr 8 '10 at 0:12
@Josh: doh, you missed it by 4! – Ether Apr 8 '10 at 0:24
I just received a retroactive Mortarboard for a day in May when I had 201 rep with 6 of that being accepted answers. I guess something just changed? – Monica Cellio Sep 13 '12 at 1:42

It is not true, you earn 'Mortarboard' if you earn 200 Reputation.
this reputation should be Hand earned(Earned by posting Either Good questions or Good Answers).
Example: It shouldn't contain Bonus reputation like we get +100 Rep after making 200 Reputation. Yes, it takes some time to award you a badge, but it will be yours only if you have your own Reputation.

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