The description of the Student badge says: "Asked first question with at least one up vote".
When I look at this profile, I notice this user has received upvotes for his first question, but no badge.
It seems to me that the upvote was long enough ago that the badge script should have awarded him a badge.

So I guess it's because this user had a negative score. Should the description of the badge read "Asked first question with a score of at least 1"?

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    Phwe... he doesn't deserve a badge for questions of that quality :P
    – Matt
    Nov 21, 2011 at 14:17
  • I did not think the questions showed research effort, so IMO they didn't deserve upvotes - let alone badges. Apparently somebody thought otherwise. Nov 21, 2011 at 14:29

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According to List of all badges with full descriptions, the criterion is that the question have a score of 1.

Assuming that's accurate, that user's questions received downvotes such that the questions possibly never achieved a score of one. (This is as you surmise.)

And if that's correct, then yes, the description of the Student badge is slightly inaccurate.


After our deploy the new description will be: Asked first question with score of 1 or more

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    It could be better. It appears to imply that you can get this badge only on the first question you asked. Why not simply say "Asked a question with score of 1 or more" ? Jan 25, 2012 at 16:18
  • @Koper Good point, but your version might give the impression that you could get the badge multiple times. I don't have a better idea though. Jan 26, 2012 at 12:57

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