As you can see in the picture, I have 13 out of 5. But it's been like this for about two months! What's the reason for that?

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  • Most likely you have many (about 5) questions that have been downvoted and deleted (hence not visible in your profile anymore) and as explained here, it cause the badge not to be given. When you will ask more questions that will get positive score, you will eventually get the badge Aug 9, 2015 at 7:56
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    So is it a bug on stack if don't reduce these numbers by deleting or downvoting? However I haven't removed or downvoting question more than one or two as you can see on my questions list... Aug 9, 2015 at 8:09
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    You've a number of deleted, downvoted questions per my answer so it's highly unlikely there's a bug here. Aug 9, 2015 at 8:11
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    My mean's if it's right, 13/5, show what? It's an unuseful and untrusted number that is shown me! Am I right? Aug 9, 2015 at 8:18
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    13/5 shows you've more than fulfilled that half of the criteria. The other more difficult to describe bit is your problem. Aug 9, 2015 at 8:27
  • You can make use of this answer to find out how to check your progress towards the badge
    – James
    Aug 9, 2015 at 12:26

2 Answers 2


No bug here.

The Curious badge has two criteria to be awarded:

  1. Ask a good question on 5 separate days
  2. Maintain a positive question record

You did fulfil the first, on 13 days, and that is what you see, but failed the second. It's even clearly stated in the profile when clicking the "Curious" badge in there:

This other answer by Robert covers the whole aspect of why you failed that second criteria and how to fix it.

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    I misunderstand positive question record. I have these questions that I didn't get negative score and it keep positives: (stackoverflow.com/questions/31267833/… enough to get badge? Aug 9, 2015 at 8:29
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    I agree it's quite confusing and not simple to grasp, but there is formula as explained in the other answer and in the links it contains. Based on the formula, you have more questions that got deleted, only a mod can actually find them all. Aug 9, 2015 at 8:43
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    @SiamakFerdos You currently have 7 negatively scored questions, 3 closed questions, and 9 deleted questions. (31 - 7 - 3 - 9) / 31 = 0.39 - You need to have a score of 0.5 to get the badge.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Aug 9, 2015 at 16:36
  • Robert's answer links to yet another "this answer". In there I found some details about the actual calculation (like the "13" in the sample here), which includes deleted (which seem to count for 3 ...), closed, etc (to be subtracted from upvoted questions). And then the OPer of a deleted question cannot see deleted questions anymore after a while either. So that makes it impossible to actually "verify" your own score (the "13" part), and also how many more "good questions" will be needed. Is there any meta.SE question you're aware of to suggest clarifying (visualizing) all this somehow? Mar 10, 2016 at 11:28
  • @Pierre I'm afraid there isn't, I did search for such post before posting my own answer. Mar 10, 2016 at 11:31
  • Merci (oeps: thank you) for the (extremely fast) confirmation (I did some similar searches). So would you agree that it may be an interesting feature request "I" should post (which is what I'm considering)? Mar 10, 2016 at 11:33
  • @Pierre sure, go ahead, just try to be as clear and focused on the actual request as possible. Good luck! :) Mar 10, 2016 at 11:36
  • @ShadowWizard : Done ... Mar 10, 2016 at 12:22
  • Cheers @Pierre and thanks for the quick response! :) Mar 18, 2016 at 21:31
  • Probably this has to be stated in some very clear way in the same pop-up where we see "Curious 13/5". It is indeed very misleading to see that you've completed the criteria (which is only 5 judging from the UI), but still not awarded.
    – scadge
    Jun 15, 2018 at 15:32
  • @Ollie Letting you know that another editor rolled your edit back, because "fulfil" is the correct British spelling. Sep 11, 2020 at 22:10
  • @SonictheMaskedWerehog ohh. Thank you for notifying me.
    – Ollie
    Sep 11, 2020 at 22:15
  • We should have a progress bar then on our question experience. Like how many more question upvotes do I need to get this badge? Jun 16, 2022 at 6:48
  • @EvanCarroll it's not just upvotes, it's about overall questions status: closed. deleted, etc. Jun 16, 2022 at 6:56

You have some negatively scored deleted questions. This one for instance and probably others. You've also one that you haven't deleted.

You could try improving them and then undeleting them to see whether you can rescue them. Alternatively you're just going to have to ask more good questions to balance out the deleted bad ones. See this answer for more details on the calculation.

  • How did you find them?? Some secret diamond on SO? Anyway only questions have effect on that specific bug, so if only one OP position is rather good. :) Aug 9, 2015 at 8:13
  • this one is answer, not a question. this one is deleted and shouldn't calculate and the third yes you're right... Aug 9, 2015 at 8:14
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    @ShadowWizard Way Back Archive Aug 9, 2015 at 8:15
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    lol, genius! Never thought profile pages are also archived Aug 9, 2015 at 8:23

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