The Unsung Hero badge has several serious problems with its description. (also note that the Tenacious badge is very similar and has all of the same issues)

The way it currently is worded:

Zero score accepted answers: more than 10 and 25% of total.

But this does not actually match when the badge is actually rewarded. As can be seen from this data query written by A. Rodas, there are a handful of users who have the badge even though they have exactly 10 zero score accepted answers, i.e., not more than 10.

The badge behavior should match the description. That part of the description would be correct if it had the following format.

Zero score accepted answers: (10 or more)|(at least 10)

And while we're at it, I think the last phrase should be reworded as well. The phrase "25% of total" literally implies exactly 25%, whereas the badge is rewarded when it is at least 25% of the total. It would be clearer if it was reworded to something of this format

Zero score accepted answers: (10 or more)|(at least 10) and (25% or more)|(at least 25%) of total.

Finally, what does "of total" mean? Is it the total number of accepted answers you have, or is the total number answers you have? (answer: accepted answers) The badge would be more correct and less ambiguous if it was reworded thus

Zero score accepted answers: (10 or more)|(at least 10) and (25% or more)|(at least 25%) of total number of accepted answers.

or perhaps even totally reworded, like this:

at least 25% of all accepted answers, with a minimum of 10, have a score of zero.

And of course, if you have a better way to reword it, please suggest it.

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    The format Zero score accepted answers: X or more and at least Y% of total accepted answers seems very clear for me.
    – A. Rodas
    Mar 17 '13 at 2:46
  • 2 more ambiguities: 1. Are self-answers included in the zero-score-and-accepted count? ...and even if you think the answer to that is obvious, there is still... 2. Are self-answers included in the total number of accepted answers? That is not clear at all.
    – A.M.
    Jul 17 '13 at 18:44
  • That data query is meaningless. It's perfectly possible (and very likely for this particular badge) for a user to gain the badge and then fall back below the threshold. I wouldn't take those results as proof that it's "at least 10" versus "more than 10"... You need dev verification for that.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Mar 23 '14 at 18:38

At least ten accepted answers with a score of zero, and less than three times as many with other scores.

At least ten zero-scored accepted answers, making up at least a quarter of all accepted answers.

Ten or more zero-scored accepted answers, with other accepted answers numbering less than three times that.

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