I was looking at the copy editor badge:

According to the badge page, only 275 people have earned this badge to date. That sounds rather low for the group of people who edited 500 posts?

I don't know what the requirements are for a post being counted towards this badge? I found this query here on meta. I don't know what the validity of that one is, but it doesn't seem to change at all for me?

Is there an additional requirement for a post to be considered an edit?

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    Information on Data.SE is updated monthly, therefore you are not able to see your edit count go up in real time.
    – user151459
    Dec 17, 2011 at 22:50
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    500 is a lot of edits. It means that you actually care about the quality of the site and are willing to do things you won't earn any rep for...
    – Dennis
    Dec 17, 2011 at 22:55
  • That's the first then pages of users (stackoverflow.com/users?page=10&tab=editors&filter=all) which is a lot.
    – Felix
    Dec 17, 2011 at 23:50
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    I don't think it was retro-actively applied. So there may be a few people who didn't receive it, despite having more than 500 edits to their name. Dec 18, 2011 at 0:23
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    I also think that there are "too few" users with the Copy Editor badge. And I think I've edited more than 500 posts. Maybe the description of the badge should be improved. Aug 29, 2012 at 9:10

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Well, most users are here for the Q&A part.

But on the other hand, 275 people that are willing to devote part of their time to improve the (content of the) site is not that bad.

  • If you look at all the other counts, 275 is rather low, isn't it?
    – Nanne
    Dec 18, 2011 at 9:19
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    @Nanne - Edits on your own content don't count, so it's not as low when you think about it that way...people editing other user's content to improve it (en masse here) is more rare, that's why it's a gold badge :) Dec 18, 2011 at 10:51
  • I know this :) , but that didn't change my initial thought that it feels rather low, but it seems I misread how many had the strunk&white (added 2 zeroes in my brain for some reason), so that might be the problem :) with my ocnfusion :)
    – Nanne
    Dec 18, 2011 at 10:53

Edits to your own posts do not count towards the Stunk & White or Copy Editor badges. Also, tag only edits don't count. I'm not sure if repeated edits to the same post count multiple times, but I believe title and content edits count separately.

  • The 'tag only edits don't count' part could be mentioned on the badge description, it would make it clearer.
    – jv42
    Oct 18, 2012 at 8:57

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