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I just acquired the Tenacious badge but the description is leaving me wondering what exactly I've done to acquire it.


Zero score accepted answers: more than 5 and 20% of total.

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See this answer on Unsung Hero, only the numbers differ. – Georg Fritzsche Aug 13 '10 at 14:12
up vote 26 down vote accepted

Basically, you have a ton of answers that have a score of zero and are also accepted.

In particular, you have more than 5 answers that have a score of zero and are accepted. And, those zero-score-accepted answers make up at least 20% of your total answers.

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20% of the total accepted answers, excluding CW and self-accept. – Georg Fritzsche Aug 13 '10 at 14:06
This leads me to wonder...who out there is accepting answers without upvoting them? That just seems strange. – beska Aug 13 '10 at 14:07
@beska: New users with < 15 rep. – kennytm Aug 13 '10 at 14:08
This accepted answer is wrong. I have 281 total answers, and 7 unupvoted but accepted answers. Georg is right: It must be 20% of the accepted answers (... bla, bla, CW/self accept). And that's the problem of the tooltip-description too. 20% of what is unclear. – user unknown May 2 '11 at 11:58
@user, are you sure of this? – jjnguy May 2 '11 at 12:23
Yes, feel free to browse my profile. I was awarded the Tenacious-badge today, and was astonished, and tried to find out, what it is for, and stumbled across this 20% rule. – user unknown May 2 '11 at 12:32
It is unclear to me why this is an achievement. Shouldn't you be rewarded for accepted answers with upvotes, rather than for answers without upvotes? – Klas Mellbourn May 27 '13 at 18:39
I think the person who asks the question should accept the answer that worked. Others should upvote answers which they feel are good and which answers the question correctly instead of writing the same answer again. If the person who asked the question feels that some other answer was good but didn't solve his/her case 100% then s/he can upvote those. – Arvind Sridharan Oct 7 '13 at 9:32
See mine:… I have 9 zero accepted answers with 44 total. It is above 5 and above 20% of total and I did not get this badge. How is this possible? – Raein Hashemi Nov 17 '14 at 8:22
@KlasMellbourn, I think it's because you spend time helping people (new users usually) with specific needs that are not likely to accept or even up-vote, (and you know this going in), but you help them out anyway. It's questions that aren't likely to be viewed by many people because of their specificity. Although, one likes the practice, and enjoys helping. It shows that you continue to answer questions despite the lack of reward or acknowledgement. Obviously, we'd be happy to get those up-votes, or even have them ACCEPT the answer after admitting it worked. The badge makes one feel good. – peege Dec 9 '14 at 0:53
@peege a good and clear answer, thanks – v.ladynev Jan 22 at 7:57

This picture could help:

You should have this at least 5 times and 20% of your total answers. In other words, pray to not be upvoted on your accepted answers :)

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2 I'm confused. Which one do I click? :P – Doorknob Jan 14 '13 at 14:08
@Doorknob same here, tried to reduce the confusion. :) – Shadow Wizard Jan 14 '13 at 14:14

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