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I just noticed that Diago was awarded a Strunk and White badge one month after his last edit.

What happened? Did the requirements for the badge loosen? Did it just take a month to award it? Or is this an error?

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Conspiracy! – XMLbog Jul 30 '10 at 14:04
    
@Weblog, I forgot to add that one in my list of possible causes... – jjnguy Jul 30 '10 at 14:05
    
Most likely a bug prevented him from getting it before (the bug must have been fixed a month later) – juanformoso Jul 30 '10 at 14:10
    
Possibly related? – Andy E Jul 30 '10 at 14:14

Not knowing how the badge system works, this is only hearsay.

Each time an action occurs that could affect a badge, the badge criteria are re-evaluated. This means that undeletions could create badges for apparently no reason. Theoretical timeline:

  1. Edits question. (edits: 99)
  2. Question deleted. (counted edits: 98)
  3. Edits other question. (counted edits: 99)
  4. Question undeleted. (counted edits: 100)

TaDa! Suddenly he gets [Strunk and White] without having made an edit for over a month. I assume this could also work for Good Answer badges.

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duh, it's criteria. Remember, a cafeteria is an amalgam of many cafeterions. Wait, no... – Pops Jul 30 '10 at 14:24
    
(Seriously though, criteria is the plural.) – Pops Jul 30 '10 at 14:24
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@PopularDemand Its especially funny because criterium is a word. – Some Helpful Commenter Oct 6 '11 at 17:25
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If this comment thread makes no sense to you, see the revision history. – Pops Oct 6 '11 at 19:34

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