When I look at my badge-count at the top of each page in Area51, I have 3 badges in the Discussion Zone but 4 badges in the Staging Area. Is there a reason for this discrepency or is this a bug?


Per my comment to Matthew Read's answer, I am changing this to no longer have "bug" in the title and posting a new discussion question about modal issues of Discussion vs Staging.

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Staging / Discuss is basically the same as Main / Meta on regular SE sites. Badges are separate: Meta badges are determined by your participation on Meta, not the main site.

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    So then it seems like an issue of poor modal representation. Meta and Main are distinctly separate sites, and obviously so - you can only get to Meta by clicking the Meta link on the page. Whereas Discussion Zone and Staging Area suggest two sections of one site, look identical and you can go between the two accidentally and without realizing it.
    – elemjay19
    Aug 10, 2011 at 20:44

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