I was recently awarded the Explainer badge. I tried searching for more information on this badge, but I still do not understand why I have been awarded this badge? Can someone explain how I received this badge?

On the badge page, it says this for the Explainer badge:

Edited and answered 1 question (both actions within 12 hours, answer score > 0).


You answered a question. Your score on your answer is greater than 1. (So this means you have 1 upvote and 0 downvotes or better. Or you could have 21 upvotes and 20 downvotes.) Just need to see the number 1 or higher for your score.

You need to have edited the question that you answered either within 12 hours before you posted your answer or edited it within 12 hours after you posted your answer.

For example, I just left you this answer, now I will go edit your question to improve it. (note: you should only make edits when you can actually improve something on the question)

OK, I edited your question. So 12 hours from now, If my answer has a score of 1 or better, I will get 1 credit for the Explainer/Refiner/Illuminator badge.

Here is a query by Jon / Martijn which will show you the count you have for these three badges. Just enter your userId (yours is 1997103 on Stack Overflow) in the input and click run.

Here is a modified query of the above one, which will give you a link to those questions of which you answered and edited to earn credit towards those badges.

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  • ok I am getting now but how can I know for which answer I have got this badge since they havnt mentioned the question or answer with the badge – Neel Oct 1 '14 at 5:32
  • I have upvoted you so ur score is more than 0 – Neel Oct 1 '14 at 5:35
  • i got it in your previous comment so i deleted my previous comment sorry for that and thanks now i got it – Neel Oct 1 '14 at 5:40
  • yes thanks a lot i got the list :) but one more question as after how many of this edit and answer pair someone would get the badge i mean its like count is more than 2 or 3 or 4? – Neel Oct 1 '14 at 5:47
  • @Neel You just need to have it happen only once for the Explainer badge. Thus you got that badge. The next badge, which is refiner is at 50. So you have 4 now, need 46 more of these to get that badge. – CRABOLO Oct 1 '14 at 5:49
  • ok got it thanks a lot and one last question if it is for just once then why i earned this badge just before 9 hours i mean according to my edit and answer i should have earned it before few days – Neel Oct 1 '14 at 5:51
  • ohh ok now got it and i will mark as answer :) – Neel Oct 1 '14 at 5:55
  • That's not Jon's query but mine :-P I used Jon's as a starting point, but his was using the old criteria (tag edits counted too, among other differences) and it was a per-site total badge count query. – Martijn Pieters Oct 1 '14 at 6:55
  • @MartijnPieters thanks for creating such a wonderful query – Neel Oct 1 '14 at 7:58
  • @lostsock please edit your answer accordingly – Neel Oct 1 '14 at 7:58
  • What happens when you edit a post. Someone else edits the post afterwards? – Swapnil Tripathi Oct 18 '14 at 15:57
  • ok. :) One incoming within 11 hours. – Swapnil Tripathi Oct 18 '14 at 20:30
  • Will it work for tag edits – Roshin Raphel Jun 15 at 12:19

Shog9's answer gives the details for this badge (and the associated silver and gold badges). To wit:

If you post an answer and edit the question within 12 hours of each other (it doesn't matter which happens first) and:

  • you did not post the question;
  • neither the question nor the answer are deleted;
  • the question is not closed;
  • the answer has a positive score; and
  • the edit to the question changes either the body or the title (or both)

then those actions make you eligible for the Explainer badge.

More actions of this sort will give you the Refiner and Illuminator badges.

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    yes i got it now..thanks a lot :) – Neel Oct 1 '14 at 5:45

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