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The gold tag badge description reads

Earned at least 1000 total score for at least 200 answers in the [sometag] tag.

It is not clear if score means reputation or (up)votes.

Applies to bronze and silver badge as well.

Edit: New wording should explicitly mention votes, since the term "score" is only seldomly used on SO, while "votes" and "reputation" are well known. As has been pointed out in the comments, the term "score" even has been inconsistently used in the glossary for the definition of "reputation".

Proposed new wording:

Earned at least 1000 net votes for at least 200 answers in the [sometag] tag.

Or with clarification:

Earned at least 1000 net votes (upvotes minus downvotes) for at least 200 answers in the [sometag] tag.

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  • There does need to be a definition of score somewhere on the page. Or change to "net upvotes" – Richard Tingle Oct 28 '13 at 13:58
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    We have a glossary. – Shadow The Vaccinated Wizard Oct 28 '13 at 14:01
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    @ShaWizDowArd I usually try to follow the rule that if the user has to read the manual then you have failed – Richard Tingle Oct 28 '13 at 14:02
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    @RichardTingle might be, but starting to explain every term in every badge description will lead to huge walls of text. I prefer to keep in compact and simple, and those who want the full details can research further using the glossary or meta search. On this specific case, "score" is clear enough. – Shadow The Vaccinated Wizard Oct 28 '13 at 14:03
  • @ShaWizDowArd yes. And in there, first reputation is defined as "total score achieved by a user", and later score is defined as the net votes on an answer. Users are likely to have read the definition of reputation and assuming that "score equals reputation". – Arne Mertz Oct 28 '13 at 14:05
  • @ShaWizDowArd True, advanced things can be manual based, but a change from "score" to "net votes" uses words which have no ambiguity. Score is (in normal life) very often 10 times the number of actual points (for reasons that are beyond me) so interpreting it as reputation is not suprising – Richard Tingle Oct 28 '13 at 14:06
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    @RichardTingle as I poitned out, "score" is actually used for the definition of reputation in said glossary. – Arne Mertz Oct 28 '13 at 14:08
  • Indeed, from the glossary; "A user's "reputation" is the total score achieved by a user" – Richard Tingle Oct 28 '13 at 14:10
  • @Richard and Arne - I agree the current definition of reputation in the glossary is confusing, blame Robert for this - nobody is perfect. :) {going to try and think of a better definition} – Shadow The Vaccinated Wizard Oct 28 '13 at 14:14
  • @ArneMertz see the glossary now. No more confusing "score" in the definition of reputation. :) – Shadow The Vaccinated Wizard Oct 28 '13 at 14:20
  • @interjay right. ignore this question - or close it ;-) (can't delete) – Arne Mertz Oct 28 '13 at 14:26
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I disagree. When an answer has 3 upvotes and 1 downvote, then its score is 2, but its upvotes count is 3, and the badge description is talking about the score.

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  • You have a point. It should not be total upvotes then, but still I don't think "score" is a good choice, since the term is only seldomly used on SO, while "votes" and "reputation" are well known. – Arne Mertz Oct 28 '13 at 13:56
  • Then what other new wording do you propose? Perhaps 'answer score' is clearer. – ProgramFOX Oct 28 '13 at 13:58
  • I think "total votes" would do, since it is known that up- and downvotes cancel each other. – Arne Mertz Oct 28 '13 at 14:00
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    No, because if there're 3 upvotes and 1 downvote, then 'total votes' would be 4 – ProgramFOX Oct 28 '13 at 14:00
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    The word we're looking for is "net" votes – Richard Tingle Oct 28 '13 at 14:01
  • @RichardTingle great, edited my proposal. – Arne Mertz Oct 28 '13 at 14:06

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