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The question seems pretty straight forward. This is a curiosity, rather than a concern. It was brought on by a couple recent situations:

  • On programmers, I just got the commentator badge, but it took (at least 11) comments to get, as I deleted (at least) 1 comment before hitting 10. Is this proper behavior, or should the deleted comment(s) count toward the badge?
  • On SO, I recently made a comment to a question. The comment got several upvotes, but later the question was deleted. Will the comment count toward that coveted ;-) pundit badge?
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Regarding your second bullet point see this answer – Martin Smith Aug 19 '13 at 10:18
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No. Deleted anything will not help you get a badge (save for Disciplined and Peer Pressure).

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