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Given the downtime for today (Oct 9th, 2010) due to the UPS Failure, I propose giving every user that visited on Oct 8th, 2010 a free entry in the visit log (or whatever the name may be) for Oct 9th, 2010.

It shouldn't matter to other users (at least not for reasons I can think of, correct me if I'm lapsing here), but having your streak broken by a datacenter issue would be a bit unfair to others going for the badge in a time period without an outage.

For those unaware this is for the Enthusiast and Fanatic badges, which are for consecutively visiting the site for 30 and 100 days, respectively.

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Good point and this would be a fair solution. +1 –  Pëkka Oct 9 '10 at 15:22
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Surely badges should be earned by chance and not users working to get them? –  Jonathan. Oct 9 '10 at 16:38
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Yeah, please extend our subscription... er wait a second. –  badp Oct 9 '10 at 17:32
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Lost 52 day consecutive streak on wordpress.stackexchange.com +1 for free day. –  Chris_O Oct 13 '10 at 5:14
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How could one little package from UPS cause this much trouble? I guess everyone just assumes they use FedEx. –  Dexter Oct 20 '10 at 2:16
    
I got pwned by this outage and it still hasn't gotten back to me! –  user130648 Oct 20 '10 at 2:59
    
See my comment on meta.stackexchange.com/questions/52436/uber-fanatic-badge –  Filburt Oct 26 '10 at 9:13
    
@Daniel: You're refering to my answer wheras I meant to point to my comment on the original post in which I predicted that contributors will complain as soon as an outage occurs. –  Filburt Oct 26 '10 at 16:07
    
@Filburt - There's an alternative way to solve that problem, think creatively ;) –  Nick Craver Oct 27 '10 at 12:25
    
definitely. i'm striving for those badges :) –  user152723 Nov 9 '10 at 10:33
    
I actually missed Oct. 10th because of the downtime; how did I manage that? –  palswim Dec 30 '10 at 19:47
    
I understand your plight –  abel Jan 6 '11 at 8:38

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This is now complete, there were 2 changes that went out today:

  1. If you visited on October 8th, we gave you credit for the 9th (the day we were down)
  2. We re-ran badges to assign them to people who missed them because of missing a day on the 9th (or any other not-awarded reason, though there were only a very strange few cases badges were missing for some other reason).

This resulted in the following on Stack Overflow:

This was run for all Stack Exchange sites, any that existed during the outage got the same love (others simply wouldn't have had any entries for Oct 8th...)

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I've just noticed a gap showed up in my own record for 5/13/2012. I definitely visited that day, as I got my Ethusiast badge a couple weeks ago and have been working on my Fanatic badge. Here's my profile: stackoverflow.com/users/1231943/davek804 is there anything I can do? –  Davek804 May 15 '12 at 4:16
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@Davek804 - your only traffic that day was a 2012-05-13 15:13:14.853 hit to the SO homepage which has never counted. The login and homepages have always been explicitly excluded from the counter since you're not actually using the site. –  Nick Craver May 15 '12 at 10:26

Maybe someone should implement this. I wonder who that person would be? :)

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More than 100 days have passed since October 10th, so the point may be moot. :) –  Pëkka Mar 15 '11 at 10:54

As of 12 minutes ago I received my "Fanatic" badge and the "gap" in my consecutive days has gone, so it looks like this is now resolved.

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Great idea Nick. I am annoyed about this as I was on 98 consecutive days. Now I have just one.

I have visited SO every day for 3 months, answering hundreds of questions, about a third of them marked as correct. I have helped a lot of people with their problems, and now I feel let down.

We all work in IT and we understand that these things happen from time to time. But they have to be fixed when they do.

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Pssst: stackoverflow.com/users/230428/daniel-dyson someone just got a fanatic badge ;) –  Nick Craver Mar 22 '11 at 2:37

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