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On Delphi's top users list you'll notice Barry Kelly has an answer score of 1.3k but no gold badge. Why?

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I think this has been asked a few times before, such as here, which I recall only because I was still grumbling about being in the same situation. –  McCannot Jul 16 '11 at 6:29

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He's only provided 164 non-wiki answers to questions, and the criteria for a gold tag badge is at least 200 non-wiki answers with a total score of at least 1000.

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In other words, his answers are too awesome to deserve a badge yet. :) –  Jeff Mercado Jul 16 '11 at 4:57
    
The page for the gold delphi tag only lists the 1000 required upvotes, no mention of the 200 required answers. –  Cosmin Prund Jul 16 '11 at 5:01
    
@CosminPrund Hm, good point. I'd support updating the description on that page to include the answer count criteria. –  Tim Stone Jul 16 '11 at 5:03
    
I only found the 200 answers requirement on the big Badges pages, had to click the "Tags" tab, and even then it's only listed on the Legend on the right of the page. For each tag, it only lists the 1k upvotes requirement. –  Cosmin Prund Jul 16 '11 at 5:06
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@Tim: I might even go as far as suggesting that the threshold should be lowered a bit. If he's able to attain well over 1000 votes in less than 200 answers, he must be doing something right and the current system isn't. –  Jeff Mercado Jul 16 '11 at 5:16
    
@CosminPrund You might want to go ahead and start a feature request to make that information more visible. –  Tim Stone Jul 16 '11 at 5:34
    
@JeffMercado Yeah, the limit does exist for a reason, but I'm not sure the way it's done is necessarily the best way to go about things. At the same time, I imagine most people just naturally meet the answer count criteria, so it's hard to say if it's really a significant issue. –  Tim Stone Jul 16 '11 at 5:42
    
Yeah, I had the 1000 upvotes for my tag badge at about 150 answers, most of which had a score of <20. :[ It was a bit frustrating. –  McCannot Jul 16 '11 at 6:25
    
I'm not going to turn this into a feature-request, I mostly wanted to know why I got my badge as soon as I hit 1000 upvotes while this guy didn't. I have no bases to support the removal of the 200 answers criteria: Barry's answers really are awesome, but he's also an Embarcadero employee (maker of Delphi). –  Cosmin Prund Jul 18 '11 at 9:11
    
@CosminPrund Oh, I just meant that there should be a feature request to make sure that the description on the specific tag-badge page matched the description in the legend on the big badges page. –  Tim Stone Jul 18 '11 at 17:15

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