Some badges like the Enlightened requires one to be the first to answer. I have cases where my answer was accepted like this one, and the answer previous to mine was deleted, thus making my answer the only one.

Is a deleted answer counted as the first answer?

Does it prevents a question for awarding the "first to answer" type of badges?

I understand that some answers might be related to experience, but I would be inclined to accept an answer that provide an official documented reference.

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No it does not. Deleted answer's don't count.

For example, I got the Enlightened badge for this answer even though the deleted answer came first.

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    Thanks. Do you know any reference that officially confirms it? I wasn't able to find any :( Commented Aug 28, 2014 at 13:14
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    wonder how the system would handle case if answer gets undeleted
    – gnat
    Commented Aug 28, 2014 at 16:10
  • @Evandro Not that I'm aware of it. But I've seen at least 2 or 3 cases of it.
    – Mysticial
    Commented Aug 28, 2014 at 17:42
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    @gnat If the badge is already awarded you keep it. I'm pretty sure the script awards it at the time it checks. So if the answer gets deleted/undeleted a bunch of time, it only has to be deleted at the point the script runs.
    – Mysticial
    Commented Aug 28, 2014 at 17:43
  • @Mysticial I think your print is enough evidence. Thank you. Commented Aug 28, 2014 at 22:20
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    @gnat Badges are never taken back. Once awarded you have them forever. Unlike privileges, loosing rep means a loss of privileges if you fall under the threshold.
    – user212646
    Commented Aug 29, 2014 at 21:41
  • I recalled seeing this question a while back, but didn't recall the answer. I was planning on posting an answer based on my recent experience with getting the badge a long time after any activity on that post, because the first answer was deleted today....though I see you beat me to it. Have some reps (+1) :)
    – MTL
    Commented Jan 12, 2015 at 5:18

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