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?


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 Those are rescinded if you fall below the threshold, or if the tag gets nuked - quite a few [homework] tag badges are disappearing these days.)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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