This may be a pet peeve of mine, but the current badge overview page for tags forms the page's heading without taking into account the number of users who earned the badge. This results in the following heading (as seen here):

1 Users earned this badge. Recently awarded to:

Since we all know one isn't plural, the heading should read:

1 User earned this badge. Recently awarded to:

Can we get an if statement in the page to kill the s on Users when the number of users equals one? :)

Edit: As per the comments of kiamlaluno and GraceNote, there is more improvement here than just the plural, namely:

  1. The capitalization on user,
  2. The lack of a subject in the second sentence, and
  3. The tense of the first sentence.

All things that can be improved upon to improve the site!

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    twitter.com/codinghorror/status/1165936105 ;)
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Nov 25, 2011 at 21:49
  • :O I just saw that post on meta! Good thing it's almost three years old :)
    – nickb
    Nov 25, 2011 at 21:51
  • Why would you stop with the plural when there are other things to fix? :-)
    – apaderno
    Nov 25, 2011 at 21:52
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    @kiamlaluno - Because it's such an easy fix! Apparently nobody are agreeing with me that proper grammar are useful.
    – nickb
    Nov 25, 2011 at 21:56
  • He probably meant that you're ignoring other aspects of proper grammar (The capitalization on user, the lack of a subject in the second sentence... etc.)
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Nov 25, 2011 at 21:57
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    @nickb: You? Proper grammar? Did you proof-read that last comment of yours?
    – animuson StaffMod
    Nov 25, 2011 at 21:59
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    Oh, my mistake. I thought he meant that the fix is so miniscule that it's irrelevant, which must be everyone else's opinion. Also @animuson, I hope you know that my previous comment was a joke. :)
    – nickb
    Nov 25, 2011 at 22:00
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    @GraceNote That is correct. Add to that the tense used in the first sentence, which could probably be a present perfect: "1 user has earned this badge."
    – apaderno
    Nov 25, 2011 at 22:02
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  • See also "viewed 1 times"
    – Pops
    Nov 26, 2011 at 0:31
  • Flagged for moderator to close; see meta.stackexchange.com/questions/9662/…
    – bwDraco
    Jan 18, 2012 at 7:33
  • @DragonLord That's over two years old.
    – nickb
    Jan 18, 2012 at 18:41
  • @David Except that the bug exists even there. See below.
    – tchrist
    Jan 7, 2013 at 0:08

2 Answers 2


Ironinically enough, despite @David’s comment that there allegedly exists a StackExchange site for users who talk English good, the bug still exists there:

badge grammar bug

To be clear, it should not read:

1 Users earned this badge.

Instead, it should read more like this, with one user, and in lowercase:

1 user earned this badge.

On a site where users are supposed to use good English, this bug and others like it just detract from the alleged professionalism of the site. Even worse, the cognitive dissonance it sets up is far too much like a sign that reads:

cognitive dissonance sign


Yay localization! We now support plurals without beating people up with a giant S!

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