For Archaeologist badge, users need

Edited 100 posts that were inactive for 6 months.

I can see my all edits but, Is there any way to see how many edits of mine fits for Archaeologist badge?


There are several queries on Data Explorer for this one. I can't vouch for any of them being accurate though, but you can have a play and see.

This one has been favourited a few times, so might mean it is accurate:


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    Hmm, I'm not sure that query makes sense - wouldn't p.LastActivityDate since have been updated, at the very least by the activity of you editing the post? – Paul Bellora Jan 25 '13 at 5:45
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    fyi your query said I had 136, but I don't have the badge :/ – Bohemian Jul 6 '13 at 11:52
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    How come I got a 0 even though I at least earned an Excavator? – puretppc Feb 5 '14 at 3:48
  • The query you linked is completely wrong. data.stackexchange.com/stackoverflow/query/119332/… is pretty accurate, it gives me 103 rows on a 2-day-old data dump and I just earned the badge. – Stijn Sep 9 '14 at 10:00
  • The query you have posted says I have edited 101 posts on EL&U. I don't think it accounts for the editing of one's own posts. :( – Mari-Lou A Nov 30 '14 at 20:12
  • @Stijn That query gives me 107 results. So I guess it's flawed, because I don't have the archaeologist badge. – Mari-Lou A Nov 30 '14 at 20:20
  • @Mari-LouA Yeah it is flawed, that's why I said "pretty accurate" :) but for me it was a lot more accurate than the one linked in the answer. – Stijn Dec 1 '14 at 9:45
  • @Stijn on other queries I get 87, 103, and 107. How do I know if the one saying 87 results is more or less accurate? :^/ – Mari-Lou A Dec 1 '14 at 10:06
  • @Mari-LouA perhaps it was more accurate for me and it's less accurate for you. I guess you'll have to wait and see :) – Stijn Dec 1 '14 at 10:30
  • Either something is accurate or it's not. And if a query says I have 107 edits when clearly I don't, because I haven't been awarded a badge, then it's pretty much far off. – Mari-Lou A Dec 1 '14 at 11:11
  • The first link in this answer points to the main Data Explorer list of user-generated queries related to the Archaeologist badge. If the Favorited one isn't as accurate as it could be then hopefully one of the others is. If that's the case we can update this answer referencing the mor accurate query. – JonW Dec 1 '14 at 11:30

I tried this query and it works fine. This should be more accurate than the others. I obtained 5 edits from there.

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  • This one gives me about the right count, the one in the accepted answer definitely doesn't work. – OGHaza Feb 25 '14 at 9:28
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    This one gives me 135 on stats.SE (and by its count I've been well over 100 for many months now). I don't think it can be accurate. – Glen_b Jul 10 '14 at 3:03
  • This query is not accurate, it says I have edited 124 posts, but I haven't received any badge on EL&U. Other queries I have tried pull out 107, 101 but one "forked query" (whatever that is) has me at 87 edited posts. – Mari-Lou A Nov 30 '14 at 20:09
  • Perfect +1, I need 25 more edits for stackoverflow – George Garchagudashvili Dec 11 '14 at 10:49


I don't see a need to.

To quote Jeff answering a similar question:

Some of the badges are supposed to be surprises, not World of Warcraft style level grinds based on numbers.

I worry that if we provide too many metrics:

  • it becomes noise, like a bunch of inscrutable F-16 cockpit gauges -- how are all these numbers useful except for these specific badges?
  • the badge becomes the explicit goal instead of the desired behavior
  • the badges are no longer a pleasant surprise and reward but an expected "level up"
  • I'm sure this is a duplicate but I couldn't find it. – ben is uǝq backwards Jan 2 '13 at 15:13
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    But what if I die before I achieve a badge that I was only ONE point away from achieving?!? #tragedy – Thom Blair III Apr 19 '14 at 4:14
  • You'd better hope you respawn without losing too much reputation then @Thorn. – ben is uǝq backwards Apr 19 '14 at 6:33
  • Maybe I'll reincarnate in one of the latest Zelda games where if you get hurt (or die, for that matter) you show right back up where you were moments before, Groundhog Day-Style. BTW, your avatar's moniker reminded me...do you know what "dogfood lid" spelled backwards is? ( point #77 ) It's a real philosophical and liturgical eye-opener & ponderable! – Thom Blair III Apr 19 '14 at 11:57
  • That's certainly a novel way of thinking about it @thorn. I normally get into arguments about whether rotational symmetry could be considered "backwards;" :). – ben is uǝq backwards Apr 19 '14 at 13:03

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