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I seem to recall a badge that had something along the lines of

Voted up two competing answers.

or something like that. Has this badge been removed?

What happens to a badge if it is removed entirely from SO. Is the badge count lowered or does it stay intact?

Is there a history of old badges that SO has had, what it did and why it was removed?

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You are talking about the Sportsmanship badge.

The text was probably changed over time but essentially it means "voted up 100 competing answers".

As for badge removal I strongly believe such thing never happened and never will, but if it does then yes the badge count will decrease as there's no point counting a badge that does not exist.

  • I think you're right. Either I remember it wrong or they've changed the description on this tag. – Niklas Oct 10 '12 at 11:58
  • (Except for tag badges. Those are rescinded if you fall below the threshold, or if the tag gets nuked - quite a few [homework] tag badges are disappearing these days.) – Mat Oct 10 '12 at 11:59
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    Correct, we've never removed a public badge. – Nick Craver Oct 10 '12 at 11:59
  • @Niklas - you are not wrong. Here is the source - looks like it was changed in Aug 20. – Shadow The Princess Wizard Oct 10 '12 at 12:01
  • @Nick thanks, and is this a possibility in the future? – Shadow The Princess Wizard Oct 10 '12 at 12:02
  • I don't see this ever happening, we're pretty protective of already-awarded badges. If a badge is brand-spanking-new and is wildly bugged then maybe there would be an extreme case, but even then I doubt it. – Nick Craver Oct 10 '12 at 12:03

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