On my profile page here, in the Activity tab, below the block where reputation is displayed, I have set up the C# badge tracker. It shows:

21 / 20 Answers; 15 / 100 Score

As you can see, I have 21 / 20 answers and 15 / 100 score. But in the tags page, it shows:

42 Score

So, which one is the correct one? Why is it even different? Or am I confusing the two things which are completely different from each other?

There are a few questions which ask about calculations of tag badge scores, etc. But I could not find one which shows that the tracker and the tag page have different scores. So I don't think this is a duplicate.


The solution of the problem is to select some other badge to track and then re-selecting the C# badge. I wonder why it doesn't update by itself.


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I expected to find the explanation under this answer to List of all badges with full descriptions or perhaps at What are tag badges? How do they work? but I could not.

I think what you are seeing is the difference between tag badges only counting questions that were tagged C# when first asked, and the tags page showing questions currently tagged with C#.

My understanding is that tag badges work that way to prevent tag badge chasers from editing a tag into a question they asked or answered with a view to bumping up their count and "earn" that badge sooner.

I do note that what I described above does contradict this answer to If I retag a question, does it count towards my own tag score total? so maybe what I think happens is not correct.

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    I think what you think happens is correct, I don't have any proof and I'm no tag badge expert, so you can take my opinion with a grain of salt. But both the question and answer are just about 4 years old, so maybe during that time the devs changed the rules and didn't tell anyone. Commented Nov 25, 2015 at 10:37

I solved the problem myself by selecting another badge to track, then re-selecting the C# badge. I wonder why it doesn't update by itself.

  • You should edit your question then, retag as bug and explain what happened. (this is clearly a bug.) Commented Nov 25, 2015 at 12:19

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