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How do “badges” work?

I was awarded Critic badge on Stack OverFlow after I down voted a wrong answer. But then I noticed that it cost me 1 point so I undo that (which is not the righteous thing to do, I should have stuck to my vote). Why do I still have Critic badge?

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    Just a note that, on average, it doesn't cost you a full point to downvote. Many downvoted posts are deleted, and you'll get the point back.
    – Bo Persson
    Commented Jan 30, 2013 at 20:34
  • :).. that's a good point Commented Jan 30, 2013 at 20:48

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This is the behavior of all (non-tag) badges, not just that one badge. Once you meet the condition(s) for the badge it is awarded and it will never be taken away (automatically), even if those conditions are no longer met.

  • @MartijnPieters Edited accordingly.
    – Servy
    Commented Jan 30, 2013 at 18:45
  • Unless you got the badge by fraud. IIRC, a couple of Publicist badges were removed because they were fraudulently obtained. Commented Jan 30, 2013 at 19:26
  • @DanielFischer Does that edit satisfy you?
    – Servy
    Commented Jan 30, 2013 at 19:29

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