According to the Help Center, the requirement of earning the Java bronze tag badge is:

Earned at least 100 total score for at least 20 non-community wiki answers in the java tag.

I've answered many questions with the tag and gained more than 500 reputation, but I haven't gotten the Java bronze tag badge.

Could someone tell me why? Am I misunderstanding some of the rules?

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    You only have a score of 30 in the Java tag. Tag score is just number of upvotes minus number of downvotes on answers in that tag. It has nothing to do with reputation. – animuson Feb 10 '14 at 3:28

You need a net tag score (upvotes minus downvotes) of 100, along with at least 20 non-wiki answers associated with that tag. Your tag score is only 30, but you have provided enough answers. You must fulfill both of those criteria.

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Score = votes on answers, not reputation.

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