I saw this question, which discussed a Data Explorer query for counting edits. So I decided to try it out with the account I am most active on, Science Fiction & Fantasy. To my surprise, the results were:

  • User: SSumner
  • Edit count: 65
  • Edits needed to earn 'Editor' badge: 0
  • Edits needed to earn 'Strunk & White' badge: 15
  • Edits needed to earn 'Copy Editor' badge 435

But I've already earned the Strunk & White Badge, and when I look at the badge progress

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I see I have made 113 edits (and I'm pretty sure they're the same edit types, as both are the ones supposed to count towards the badge)

I don't think this a duplicate of the question that prompted me to ask this, or a duplicate of this question, because I am asking:

Why have I been awarded the badge, when the data says I shouldn't have been?

  • 2
    More likely, there's an error in the SEDE query
    – Kevin
    May 1, 2013 at 15:41

2 Answers 2


The data in the Data Explorer is not up to date. It's dumped occasionally, and does not have live data.

You're seeing your edit count as of the last time the data in the Data Explorer was updated.

From the FAQ:

How frequently is Stack Exchange Data Explorer updated?

Data is updated monthly.

  • I don't think this is the case, because I've only made 2 edits to other people's posts in the past month
    – SSumner
    May 1, 2013 at 15:16
  • Oddly enough, SEDE says the last dump was Apr. 28, 3 days ago.
    – Kevin
    May 1, 2013 at 15:17
  • I haven't made any edits since that point
    – SSumner
    May 1, 2013 at 15:18

The reason of the discrepancy is that the SEDE query is wrong. Disassociated posts have no user id. :-)

  • So do you mean that edits I've made to posts that were deleted or anonymous didn't show up in the query?
    – SSumner
    Jan 27, 2014 at 15:22
  • If a user is deleted, then there is only a user name but no user id associated with a post.
    – Sklivvz
    Jan 27, 2014 at 15:23
  • So disassociated posts don't show up in the query then?
    – SSumner
    Jan 27, 2014 at 17:21

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