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Today I went through Meta Stack Overflow and found a link which shows how many posts have we edited; it shows 513 edits. Also I believe that one has to do only 500 edits to obtain the "Copy Editor" badge. Can anyone explain this?


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You may have edited that many posts, but not all edits count. See this question for a list of what is required for each badge. In this case;

  • Edits on deleted posts do not count
  • Edits to your own posts do not count
  • Edits that consist only of tag changes do not count

This tool, which I think is still a little generous, IIRC, suggests you have made 453 qualifying edits, so you are still 47 edits from the badge. This is slightly out of date: see Nick's comment for the real information,

  • The tool shows I have only 351 edits, but I did get the Copy Editor badge. Commented Oct 3, 2011 at 9:23
  • So how do you answer Shadow Wizard's comment here Commented Oct 3, 2011 at 9:40
  • Keep your hair on – I've only just seen it. Perhaps that query isn't so accurate. This one looks better. The low number in this case is probably because the data is out of date (it's from the monthly dump rather than being live.) Commented Oct 3, 2011 at 9:49
  • Yeah...that query isn't correct at all, the OP has 487 qualifying edits, he's almost there! Commented Oct 3, 2011 at 10:58
  • @Nick care to share your mine of data? :-) Commented Oct 3, 2011 at 11:21
  • @Shadow - not sure we expose that query anywhere...and I'm querying the live database, so no sharing of that. The key point is the user has edited the same revision several times, and those don't count (e.g. 5 minute edits), we eliminate those dupes in the count. Commented Oct 3, 2011 at 11:38
  • @Nick thanks, that's useful information. Commented Oct 3, 2011 at 15:53
  • @Andro_Selva My query is the most accurate you're going to get with the "old" data. As Nick notes, you've made 35 edits since the last data dump.
    – user154510
    Commented Oct 3, 2011 at 16:05
  • @ShadowWizard You may be interested in the query I just linked.
    – user154510
    Commented Oct 3, 2011 at 16:06

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