Is the number of edits at https://stackoverflow.com/users?tab=editors&filter=all the one that counts the edits relevant for gaining the Strunk & White and Copy Editor badges? (If not, wouldn't it be nice to have it that way? There's no reason for two different edit counts named the same.)

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    Currently we don't have any real "counter" for badge progress, and we won't have as Jeff want to keep some badges a "surprise". Commented Oct 9, 2011 at 12:47
  • @ShadowWizard: Thanks for the info. Does this mean Aziz's data.sx script isn't correct either?
    – doncherry
    Commented Oct 9, 2011 at 12:49
  • The data dump is old (I think around a month) so it can never be really accurate.. Commented Oct 9, 2011 at 15:12
  • @ShadowWizard: Actually, the latest dump isn't quite a week old. Apart from that, is the script correct for the date the data was dumped?
    – doncherry
    Commented Oct 9, 2011 at 15:15
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    The most accurate script can be found here or in your case see here Commented Oct 9, 2011 at 15:22
  • @ShadowWizard That appears to count multiple edits on the same post. It's off by 34 for me on Android compared to my method.
    – user154510
    Commented Oct 9, 2011 at 16:15
  • Possible duplicate of Is it possible to know the count of edits I made on Stack Overflow? Commented Oct 9, 2011 at 18:32
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    @MatthewRead thanks, yours show 550 edits for me while 557 in the other.. looks more accurate indeed then. Commented Oct 9, 2011 at 18:39
  • At some point, the team started displaying edit badge progress on the /review pages. It's not there right now because they're beta testing a new /review system. They'll bring it back once testing is done.
    – Pops
    Commented Jul 23, 2012 at 20:22

2 Answers 2


Nope, they're not the same, for two reasons:

  • The badge is intended to exclude specific (the trivial ones, mostly) edits, though there's no reason to exclude those counts for general recognition of those users on the /users page.
  • Performance would greatly suffer if we had to do the same checks as the badge did for all users every time that query did a re-sort, so it's partially for performance as well.
  • Is it not possible that you could stick the result of the last check you did for the badge into a table somewhere and have that and a time stamp visible?
    – Flexo
    Commented Oct 19, 2011 at 20:09
  • @awoodland - not performance-wise for nearly a million users...nope. Commented Oct 19, 2011 at 20:11

No, the edit count shown on "Editors" tab could be different, I think it also includes "retags". To get an edit count that are eligible for "Strunk & White" badge, try running this query on data.stackexchange.com. Note, data.SE will not give you the latest count as the data is dumped every month:

FROM PostHistory
WHERE UserId = <YourUserId>
AND PostHistoryTypeId IN (4,5) -- 4 and 5 are post title and post body

"Strunk & White" is for those users who try to fix spellings and grammar of question titles and body.

  • I think you also need to take away self edits
    – Sklivvz
    Commented Oct 9, 2011 at 15:13
  • And multiple edits on the same post don't count. Check out my query, so far as I've been able to determine it's accurate on the data dump.
    – user154510
    Commented Oct 9, 2011 at 16:09

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