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Why no Mortarboard for me?

I got more than 200 reputation on Stack Overflow today but didn't get the Mortarboard badge. I was so excited to finally get it but then - nothing :( How come? Is there a bug?


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You need 200 points from votes alone to gain Mortarboard badge. Accepting answers for your own questions which brings you +2 points don't count.

See this post: Why no Mortarboard for me?

Another post (from diamond moderator): Why don't I have the 'Mortarboard' badge? It clearly states +2 from accepts don't count to avoid gaming the system.

You have quite a few accepted answers. If my math is correct, at the time of posting this you have only 170 points from upvotes. You still need 30 points to get Mortarboard badge. Looks like you just crossed the threshold to receive the Mortarboard badge.

Your reputation page: https://stackoverflow.com/users/561309/laurent?tab=reputation

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    Strange, the FAQ says accepted answers do count (accepted questions, however, do not). Who's right here? :) Aug 6, 2011 at 15:57
  • @Frédéric Hamidi: Please note that I have added another link.
    – user162697
    Aug 6, 2011 at 16:01
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    I think I misunderstood accepted answers (I was thinking of the +15 type rather than the +2 type). Your answer is correct. Aug 6, 2011 at 16:02
  • lol I had kept all these non-accepted answers for the day I'll be near 200, but looks like they thought of that :D How about the points awarded for editing wiki tags? The FAQ doesn't mention these?
    – laurent
    Aug 6, 2011 at 16:17
  • @Laurent: Sorry, not sure about wiki tags but looks like you just crossed the threshold to receive the Mortarboard badge.
    – user162697
    Aug 6, 2011 at 16:18
  • Yes thanks, I just got it. It looks like I didn't have to wait till midnight UTC.
    – laurent
    Aug 6, 2011 at 16:54
  • In the first sentence the "from votes alone" is quite misleading, as accepted answers on someone else's question also count Mar 14, 2014 at 21:22

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