My profile shows 'helpful flags: 2' and yet and I haven't got the Citizen Patrol badge. The accepted answer on a duplicate of this question shows that it's been broken on and off.

So is it broken again or is it only for certain posts?

  • How long ago where the flags marked as helpful? It can take a while to award badges. – Martijn Pieters Sep 15 '12 at 17:18
  • The badge is given when you flag the first post, independently from the fact it was considered helpful, or not. There are a cron tasks that are executed to assign badges. For what I understood, they don't run all at the same time: Some tasks run more frequently, and some tasks run at a specific moment of the day. That could explain why some badges are not immediately awarded. – apaderno Sep 15 '12 at 17:39
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    @kiamlaluno I flagged my first post maybe a week ago. Then I figured it was maybe only when they were helpful. The last 2 I flagged yesterday (same 2 that were helpful). – Danny Beckett Sep 15 '12 at 17:53
  • @MartijnPieters because I apparently can't tag more than 1 person in a comment. – Danny Beckett Sep 15 '12 at 17:53

So is it broken again or is it only for certain posts?

Despite the fact that the Citizen Patrol badge got awarded multiple times in the last couple of hours, there's a good chance that this is related to the fact that Stack Overflow is currently moving its databases. (source)

However, if you only flagged two comments so far, it would also explain why you didn't get a badge.

The description for the badge simply says:

First flagged post.

In this context, post means question or answer, but not comment. (source)

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