According to this Data Stack Exchange query I have performed more than the 100 edits necessary to receive the archaeologist badge on Stack Overflow. My guess is that the logic for awarding the badge is different than what the query is representing. That being said, since I have edited 107 posts which seem to match the six month criteria why have I not been awarded the badge?
I think this badge needs a lot more clarification from the devs. The description from the list of all badges simply says:
- silver; awarded once; same family as Excavator (bronze)
- Edited 100 posts that were inactive for at least 6 months
- Edits to your own posts do not count
- Source: Should I have earned an "Excavator" badge for this?
That is probably as undescriptive as you can possibly get. The only thing it even outlines is that edits to your own posts do not count. But that leaves a user asking:
This question asks a key question, and got two answers that somewhat outline what inactive means, but doesn't really clarify anything at all, nor is any of it verified by devs. Does the inactivity always apply to the parent question? Does it mean that the entire question has to be inactive for 6 months and any edit to the question itself or its answers will then qualify for the badge and reset the last activity date (again for the entire question and all answers under it)?
This turned out to be fairly straight-forward. The entire question doesn't matter, and the system only looks at the revision history for the particular post you edited. So an an example, you could edit an old answer, then edit a second old answer to the same question, and then edit the question and all of that activity would count three times assuming that all three posts hadn't been created or edited within the past 180 days. The "last activity" date on the question is not ever looked at and is irrelevant.
Bottom line: as long as the specific post you are editing was not created or edited within the past 180 days, editing it will increase your progress.
This question was answered, and the answer was "no." However, there's no verification from any devs. Can we get that verification please?
No, the system does not look at tag edits when calculating progress - only edits to the title and body will count.
Do edits to the same post count multiple times?
I haven't found this question yet on Meta. If we're going off the rules of other editing badges, the answer is probably no. Other editing badges only count the first edit to a post towards the badge.
No, you can only edit a single post once for the badge.
The specific query mentioned in the question here is inaccurate in a few ways.
- Most importantly, it doesn't have any exclusion for if you own the post that was edited, so if you've ever edited your own inactive post, that query will count it. Only edits to other users' posts count.
- It could also decrease your count inappropriately in a lot of cases, because it looks for your edit to be 180 days after all other post history, but post history also includes close and reopen, tag edits, etc which don't actually affect the badge.
- It doesn't lookup the post itself to make sure it is a question or answer. Edits to old tag wikis and excerpts do not count.