This user got the Student badge but has no up-voted question.

His reputation changes only show the changes to be due to accepting answers
(no reputation earned due to up-votes).
How is this possible? Has he deleted the question with the up-vote? If so, should still he have the Student badge?

The user has 5 rep as of 24-01-2013 and has accepted 2 answers (2+2 rep earned).


If you look at the info for the badge for this user, you can see that the user had a question up-voted which was subsequently deleted. Such badges are not removed.

Incidentally, the deleted question has a score of 0, still; because it was also down voted.

  • How did you come to know the vote-count of the question? – pradyunsg Jan 24 '13 at 14:59
  • @paddila It's one of the privileges for established users @ 1k – Andrew Barber Jan 24 '13 at 15:01
  • Even after it's deleted? – pradyunsg Jan 24 '13 at 15:03
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    @paddila: 1) 10k+ users can see deleted questions, and 2) 1k+ users can see the vote count. Yes, even on deleted questions we can see the vote breakdown. – Martijn Pieters Jan 24 '13 at 15:03

General (i.e., non-tag) badges, once awarded, are not retracted again.

There are several ways the badge could have been awarded:

  • Votes can be retracted (within a grace period or after the post has been edited).
  • Questions can also be downvoted again.
  • Questions can be deleted, even when upvoted (as long as there is no upvoted answer or more than one answer on it, or if closed).

The user must have received a vote for a question which was subsequently retracted, downvoted or deleted.

In this case, the badge was awarded for a deleted question (10k+ users only). It's a double whammy in this case; it was both downvoted and deleted. The badge was awarded on Oct. 17th, but the question was not deleted until the next day.

  • So, if a person no longer is eligible for a badge, shouldn't the badge be retracted? – pradyunsg Jan 24 '13 at 14:59
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    @paddila: nope. Badges are forever. For some badges, the requirements are too transient in any case; the 'populist' badge is hard enough to earn; if you lost the badge because the accepted answer gained a few more upvotes most of the ones so far awarded would have to be retracted again. Then awarded again when your answer gains a few more upvotes... – Martijn Pieters Jan 24 '13 at 15:00
  • @MartijnPieters - tag badges are revoked if you drop below the award criteria again. – ChrisF Jan 28 '13 at 12:13
  • See meta.stackexchange.com/questions/63148/…. I can cofirm for tex.sx that several tag badges were taken away when the criteria not applied anymore (either because of retagging questions or of nullifyig upvotes). – lockstep Jan 28 '13 at 12:13
  • @ChrisF: Yup, confirmed that on the Badges FAQ, thanks. – Martijn Pieters Jan 28 '13 at 12:15

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