According to StackOverflow's badge page, one can earn the Guru badge with an accepted answer with a score of 40 or more. As of the time of this writing, I have an accepted answer with a score of 41 on this question. Why have I not earned the badge? Link to my badge page.

EDIT: According to this answer, I should have attained it. Whatever the exception is, it should be documented to avoid confusion.

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    It's community wiki. I'm not sure, but I think CW answers don't count for badges. Jan 27, 2012 at 15:36
  • Hmm. I wonder when that happened. Jan 27, 2012 at 15:42
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    CW posts definately count for badges just not for rep. Self accepts don't count for rep or badges.
    – Ben Brocka
    Jan 27, 2012 at 15:51
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    Guru can be awarded for CW answers. Bill Karwin earned Guru for his answer to "Has anyone 'learned how to program in 21 days?'", which is CW.
    – Pops
    Jan 27, 2012 at 15:51
  • @BenBrocka I've gotten reputation points for it for every single upvote. :/ And I've recieved a few badges for it. Jan 27, 2012 at 15:55
  • @PopularDemand, did he earn it before it went CW? Jan 27, 2012 at 15:56
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    BTW, there's no reason that post should be CW (it was because of the edits). That's been fixed for you (and rep recalced as well).
    – casperOne
    Jan 27, 2012 at 15:56
  • For the record, [Community wiki] still count towards badges (except tenacious and unsung hero, which explicitly don't count per the badge page)
    – Kevin
    Jan 27, 2012 at 15:56
  • When did it hit 40 votes? Badges have delays on them...
    – casperOne
    Jan 27, 2012 at 15:58
  • @casperOne A little after the last edit. Jan 27, 2012 at 16:11
  • @TylerCrompton, Bill's answer was converted to CW when the question collected 30 answers, on Jan. 14, 2009. His answer reached score of 40 (+41/-1) on August 19, 2010, the same day the badge was awarded to him. So, no, he did not earn it before it went CW. Source: stackoverflow.com/posts/441198/timeline
    – Pops
    Jan 27, 2012 at 16:11
  • So gave we confirmed that it is because of a self-accept? Jan 27, 2012 at 16:22

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Self-accepts are not eligible for the Guru badge. Here's a non-CW example from tex.stackexchange.

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    All right; However, in the real life, if you self-answer life questions and obtain a lot of people that think you are right, we will call you a Guru. Jul 11, 2013 at 17:24

I'm going to guess it's because it's a self-accept, but I can't find anything to back this up.

It was eligible more than 24h ago as far as I can tell, so I don't think time is the issue.
The CW status should not affect that badge.

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