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Suppose I shared a link that was visited by 1,000 unique IP addresses, but I didn't have the announcer badge, so I got that one.
In the future, If I shared a link with 50 unique IP addresses hits, I won't get a new badge.

I propose that the second link is associated with the announcer badge, using the first for the Booster badge (and if I then share a link with 400 unique IP addresses hits, the first one would be used for the publicists badge)

It's no easy task to get 1000 unique hits for a link, and sometimes it could be a 1 time thing, it would be a shame to use the slot for the announcer badge.

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Shouldn't you straight away get all three badges from that link with 1000 visits? – sth Oct 12 '10 at 19:13
No, it doesn't work that way @sth -- see here – juanformoso Oct 12 '10 at 19:40
This appears to be resolved by the recent changes to the Announcer, Booster, and Publicist badges. – Adam Lear Jan 11 '12 at 19:51

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What you propose is how I feel the functionality should behave, but the scheduled task that awards badges currently isn't flexible enough to swap a user's existing badge for another one - it just likes to award.

We don't have time right now to work on this, but when we introduce more tiered badges, we will definitely do some refactoring.

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Excellent, thanks – juanformoso Oct 20 '10 at 0:40

Not entirely answering your question, but we did decide to relax the requirements for these badges:

  • Announcer - Shared a link to a question that was visited by 50 25 unique IP addresses in 2 3 days
  • Booster - Shared a link to a question that was visited by 400 300 unique IP addresses in 3 4 days
  • Publicist - Shared a link to a question that was visited by 1,000 unique IP addresses in 4 5 days
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Do you store the actual IP address or a hashed version of it as Internet Archive does? And for how long? – Nemo May 3 at 9:30

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