Recall the description of the Constable badge:

Served as a pro-tem moderator for at least 1 year or through site graduation

Now that "site graduation" isn't a single discrete thing, until what point do you have to be a mod to earn a Constable badge?

The reason I'm asking: Anime.SE has not graduated, but it has had elections. I was appointed as a moderator in April of this year, and ceased to be a moderator when elections concluded in August (on account of not winning the election). I wasn't pro-tem for a full year, nor was I pro-tem through site graduation, but I was pro-tem until the point when we no longer had pro-tem moderators. Should I get a Constable badge?

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    Certainly. I'm a little surprised you didn't. – Nathan Tuggy Aug 27 '15 at 2:07
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    I think the spirit of the badge is: “Served as a pro-tem moderator for at least a year and wasn’t fired or burnt out within a year.” – Wrzlprmft Aug 27 '15 at 5:12
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    @Wrzlprmft not that I defend anyone, but I think it's a bit unfair since moderator slots are limited, and I don't think fired (this gives negative perception) is certainly the case here. – Meta Andrew T. Aug 27 '15 at 5:36
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    @AndrewT.: I did not want to suggest that – on the contrary: I think that Senshin getting the badge would very well be within its spirit, as he neither resigned nor was fired. – Wrzlprmft Aug 27 '15 at 6:35

We ... hit a number of snags when implementing design-independent graduation, but there's an end in sight there. Once we're done, DI graduation will behave pretty much the same as our previous version of graduation, minus the design and a privilege level change.

What this means for you is this: Anime has graduated. Once we're done unbreaking the backend side of things (ETA about a week?), badge queries will run and you should end up with your badge. We fixed our design-independent graduation process, so badges should be awarded as they would be in any previous graduation going forward.

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    You seem to have unbroken your stuff; I was indeed awarded the badge just now. – senshin Oct 20 '15 at 21:53
  • @senshin I was just heading over to let you know that you should see it soon. :) – Adam Lear ModStaff Oct 20 '15 at 22:01

Besides "one year", I think the only logical endpoint is specifically the end of the first election. This is usually, though not necessarily always, the first measurable milestone of a graduating site. But the key feature is that, once the election is over, we know for sure a pro tem didn't just wash out or give up. They (you) went the distance.

From what I can tell, though, from other sites, the badge actually is awarded a year after appointment to candidates that served through election, even if they aren't elected. E.g. on GIS, the badges were awarded months after the first election to four pro-tem mods (none of whom were elected) and a little over a year after the site started. This is deeply strange, but take heart: you may yet get your badge next April.

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