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The "self-learner" badge description states "Answered your own question with score of 3 or more", but does that mean the question should have a score of 3 or more, or is it the answer that should have 3 or more?

If it's the answer, perhaps the description should make it clearer. For example:

Answered your own question, and got a score of 3 or more on the answer

  • @MartijnPieters, why mark the older question as a duplicate of the newer one? Shouldn't it be the other way around? – laurent Mar 21 '19 at 16:47
  • No, duplicate question closing is not required to go from newer to older. The other question is worded better (it doesn't have a grammar mistake, for example) and has been received better. – Martijn Pieters Mar 21 '19 at 16:49
  • @MartijnPieters, this question also has more answers and more discussions in the comments. I guess it could have been improved if there as a grammatical mistake but closing it wasn't necessary. Also I now I can think of another description that needs to be fixed: "This question has been asked before and already has an answer." to "This question has been asked before or after and already has an answer." – laurent Mar 22 '19 at 13:42
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Looking at the list of all badges with full descriptions for this badge:

Self-Learner

  • bronze; awarded once
  • Provide an answer to your own question that receives a score of three

Now I'm fairly confident that it's the answer that has to reach a score of 3 or more, and that the the question's score isn't relevant.

But I (and the commenters below) agree with you that the badge description is somewhat ambiguous, as is the the "full" description in the post linked.

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  • This was my gut instinct, and I pulled up the exact same FAQ to see what the description was there. But I honestly think that description could be slightly ambiguous as well. It depends entirely on which phrases you see as subordinate: "Provide an answer (to your own question) that receives a score of three", with score modifying answer, or "Provide an answer to your own question that receives a score of three", with score modifying question. – Cody Gray Aug 5 '11 at 8:58
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    How do we know that that means answer and not question? Ask at English.stackexchange.com? – Bo Persson Aug 5 '11 at 9:01
  • Hmmm true, it's still not the clearest of sentences. Still, I've had the badge before and I'm pretty sure it happens when the answer hits the three vote mark. – DMA57361 Aug 5 '11 at 9:03
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    It's definitely about the answer. I read this question more as a concern about the ambiguous wording, though. – Cody Gray Aug 5 '11 at 9:07
  • I think the description should be more explicit. Something like "Answered your own question, and got a score of 3 or more on the answer". – laurent Aug 5 '11 at 9:08
  • Ah yes @Cody, it's been swapped to a feature-request now, I'd missed that. I'll amend my answer a little. – DMA57361 Aug 5 '11 at 9:11
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Since it's about self learning, you get the badge if your answer receives a score of 3.

If we rearrange the words the description is more clear,

Provide an answer that receives a score of three to your own question

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