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In this question: First name, middle name, last name. Why not Full Name? my answer has 34 votes and the accepted answer has 10. But no sign of a Populist badge - should I have one?

Edit: The accepted answer on that question has received another upvote, so I now have the badge. But either the description needs fixing, or the number of votes required by the accepted answer needs to drop to 10. If Chris F's answer is right then "outscored an accepted answer with 10 votes by 2x" is wrong. It should be "11 votes" or the condition should be reduced to 10 to match the description.

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I've just checked the question and the accepted answer's now got 11 votes so you should have your gold badge. –  ChrisF Jul 18 '09 at 16:32
Which one "by design": >10 or >=10 ? –  Kirill V. Lyadvinsky Oct 19 '09 at 17:57
Even if it works as designed, it's not publicly documented as designed. –  brian d foy Nov 1 '09 at 15:22

3 Answers 3

up vote 18 down vote accepted

The accepted answer has to have 11 (or more up-votes). I was confused when an answer of mine beat the accepted answer by 2x and I didn't get the badge so I e-mailed the team. This is the reply I received:

rule is actually > 11

and the test is > 2 * 11 on the post as well.

The minimum number of votes you would need to get it, is 23.

I suspect that the "> 11" is a typo and means "> 10".

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Is it >= 11 or > 11? This conflicts again... –  Ian Elliott Jul 18 '09 at 16:57
I see what you mean. I think they meant > 10 or >= 11 ;) –  ChrisF Jul 18 '09 at 17:28
Ah... and this is why my 94-vote answer doesn't have a gold badge yet, despite the accepted answer being on 47. And there was me hitting refresh a few times waiting to see the badge kick in. –  Rob Farley Mar 11 '10 at 23:01

Although it wasn't relevant in this case, if anybody else stumbles upon this question in the future wondering about their lack of a Populist badge, it's important to note that, either accidentally or by design, only one badge is awarded per question, to the highest scoring answer. So even if you outscore the accepted answer (of score more than 10) by more than 2x, if you yourself are outscored by another answer you will not get the badge. I propose amending the description to make this clearer:

Provided highest scoring answer that outscored an accepted answer with more than 10 votes by more than 2x.

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Definitely, the wording on this badge is confusing. –  ChrisF Jul 18 '09 at 20:13
+1 for a definitive description of the badge - Jeff, can we see it adopted? –  RichieHindle Jul 18 '09 at 20:15
How does it behave when the highest scoring answer gets below another answer? does that other answer then get a badge too? –  Johannes Schaub - litb Jul 18 '09 at 20:31
@litb: that would be my guess, but I've never been able to observe it –  Kyle Cronin Jul 18 '09 at 20:55
The corresponding feature-request: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/7389/… –  Gnome Mar 17 '10 at 12:37
We'll be changing the description with the next build to clarify the high-answer-only portion of the badge query. –  Nick Craver Dec 14 '11 at 1:50

You do realize that it take a while for the stats to be re-calculated. I got the Civic Duty badge, after I already up-voted about 320 items.

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I got "C gold" after i already had 1000 ups for half a day. I suspect it all has to settle down first. –  Johannes Schaub - litb Jul 18 '09 at 15:53
I got Civic Duty within two minutes of my 300th vote. –  mmyers Dec 7 '09 at 16:08

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