The Blog Post for the Reversal Badge states (in part):

Provided an answer upvoted 20 or more times to a question that was downvoted 5 or more times. (gold)

Yet the text of the badge states:

Provided answer of +20 score to a question of -5 score

Which one is it? Is it +20 score? or 20 upvotes?

I ask because I recently answered this question , which was at -5 when I answered and received multiple upvotes for it; but I apparently haven't triggered the criteria for the Reversal badge.


It is +20 score for an answer on a question that makes it to -5 score. This is typically how it happens even though you see in many instances where the "X number of upvotes" is the text for the trigger. I have always seen it as "+X" and not "X upvotes"

Here, you can take a look at people who have earned this badge

  • The badges are awared by a scheduled run of a stored proc, right? Would follow that it is +X if this is the case, unless the data model (which I admittedly haven't looked at yet) stores vote history instead of vote accumulation. – squillman Aug 28 '09 at 18:26
  • It used to be done by an ASP.NET Service; I don't know what does it now. – George Stocker Aug 28 '09 at 19:27
  • correct, 20 score. – Jeff Atwood Aug 29 '09 at 2:40

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