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I answered a question that had 5 down-votes. It was the first time I have even seen a question with that many down-votes and that has not been closed. Furthermore, it seemed to me a legitimate question; maybe it was a little rough on the English, but answerable.

It was eligible for the reversal badge due to having 5 down-votes (in the unlikely event I get 20+ votes).

My question is: if someone comes along and votes it up; is the badge no longer eligible (since it's now above 5)? Or, is the question score when I first answered enough?

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Nice... only four more down votes to go and ChrisF can get a reversal !!!! But ??? is this not the forum for such questions? – RThomas Jun 29 '11 at 21:53
Ironically, your own comment 5 downvotes?? harsh might have triggered a sympathy upvote. – Rick Sladkey Jun 29 '11 at 22:03
Ha, that's funny, just noticed that as well. Like I said... the likelyhood was pretty low that my answer would ever make it to 20 - it's not like it was ground-breaking stuff. Just made me curious. I guess I can give an up-vote to his question myself now. :) – RThomas Jun 29 '11 at 22:29

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up vote 7 down vote accepted

The question has to have a score of -5 when your answer reaches a score of +20.

So if it gains any upvotes in the time it takes your answer to reach +20, then you won't get the Reversal badge.

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Ok, that's why it's a gold then... that seems unlikely to happen. Thanks. – RThomas Jun 29 '11 at 21:48
@lazyDBA - well for one thing a question at -5 won't get many views so you're potential for getting views on your answer is lowered. Also a +20 answer is a good answer while a -5 question is a very bad question and the chances of providing such an answer are quite small. – ChrisF Jun 29 '11 at 21:50
Indeed, thanks. – RThomas Jun 29 '11 at 21:54
Five downvotes or a score of negative 5? – jcolebrand Feb 27 '12 at 15:02
@jcolebrand - score of -5 – ChrisF Feb 27 '12 at 15:02

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