616 people seem to have it, but I just met the stated conditions and remain badgeless and afraid.

relevant post here if it matters (and you're allowed to view it)

  • I think it's been stuck at 616 (the real number of the beast) for a few weeks. Jul 1, 2009 at 15:48
  • The last two appear to have been awarded on June 14th... maybe it has frozen. Jul 1, 2009 at 15:51

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Hmm, maybe Disciplined is broken, as it was last awarded over 2 weeks ago. Still, even though badges usually take maybe ~5 minutes, it's possible this is on an hourly or daily (or, perhaps, bi-weekly(!) cycle)

edit: looks like you (along with 266 others) were just awarded it a few hours ago

  • accepted for now, given lack of evidence to the contrary
    – bananakata
    Jul 3, 2009 at 8:46
  • yep I did catch it today which means it's either not on a trigger (how quaint!) or it is buggy. Question may as well be closed until further evidence.
    – bananakata
    Jul 8, 2009 at 19:26

The "Disciplined" badge was just awarded to me today; however, I'm not sure exactly what it was awarded for as I can't seem to remember deleting an answer recently. So it does appear that it is being awarded, but it might be bugged for some reason.

  • Me too - I've no idea what I recently deleted. :-(
    – robsoft
    Jul 8, 2009 at 13:22
  • I also just got this badge but I don't think I deleted anything on the site yet.
    – Nick
    Jul 8, 2009 at 15:18
  • Well, it's not being awarded to everyone as only 883 people currently have the badge, and there are many more users than that. ;)
    – Naaff
    Jul 8, 2009 at 17:13
  • +1 / Me too - I too recently (a couple of days ago) got this badge, even though I'm quite sure that I didn't delete any questions. Jul 24, 2009 at 14:35

A quick survey of recent recipients of the "Disciplined" badge reveals people who received it on June 14th, 13th, 12th and earlier. So it's not on a bi-weekly cycle or anything like that.

However, there doesn't appear to be any Disciplined badges awarded more recently than June 14th at the time of this post. I'd speculate that the badge is either broken or it requires some kind of manual action that has not been recently performed.

As of 8 July 2009, it looks like the Disciplined badge is being awarded again. There are now 883 people with the Disciplined badge, up from 616 yesterday.


I'm in the same boat as Rob and the rest; recently awarded the badge, but to my knowledge, I've never deleted a post. I also feel conflicted about reporting it because I like getting badges, and now it will probably be revoked D:


How long has it been? It can take some time before the system awards it to you.


Maybe the better question is: does the badge still make sense? Do we really want to encourage people to delete something that at least three other users have found useful?

Deletion of posts has become a rather discouraged practice in the time since SO was first launched.

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    Back when it was first introduced, I questioned its wisdom on UV stackoverflow.uservoice.com/pages/general/suggestions/… Since then I don't think that it's been as bad as I've predicted, but I still think that the majority of users with the badge deleted something just to get it, rather than deleting it because it was a duplicate or unhelpful. Jul 1, 2009 at 15:58
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    Yes absolutely you do if it's wrong, and plenty of wrong answers got upvotes. You want to encourage correct answers, regardless of how helpful the wrong ones are.
    – bananakata
    Jul 1, 2009 at 15:58
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    I got it from being disciplined because someone else came along and provided a better answer after mine... Jul 1, 2009 at 16:02
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    And likewise if there are two largely identical votes, both with upvotes, it makes sense to combine the two and delete one of them.
    – Jon Skeet
    Jul 1, 2009 at 16:07
  • 2
    I got mine by deleting a community wiki post that had later been merged into the overall, definitive answer (it was on the "free programming books" question). I think I've deleted a non-CW post with 3 upvotes since then, though, so I would have gotten it anyway.
    – mmyers
    Jul 1, 2009 at 16:09

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