Is it possible that some badges are awarded even for the posts that have already been deleted for some time?

For example, deleted questions can still be viewed by 10k+ users and mods. So the number of views can increase during the time when the question is deleted. If a deleted question reaches 1000 views, is popular question badge awarded?

Similarly, users who can see deleted questions can also favorite them, which could lead to favorite questions badge.

Maybe there are other situations where a post can fulfill badges requirements after it was deleted. (I was able to think of these two examples. I do not see some reasonable scenario for the answer badges.)

Can a badge be awarded for the post during the time when this post is deleted? (For example, if a deleted question was viewed or favorited enough times.)

I have tried to search for related questions. I found this one: I've just earnt the Announcer badge for a deleted question, which feels wrong It says that it was possible to get announcer badge for a deleted question, but it was considered a bug and it is now corrected.

  • Are there enough 10K users on the average site to generate enough views to make a difference?
    – Chenmunka
    Commented Jan 14, 2016 at 10:49
  • If there are 999 views already, just one view is necessary @Chenmunka Commented Jan 14, 2016 at 10:50
  • True but that would be a very rare case surely.
    – Chenmunka
    Commented Jan 14, 2016 at 10:50
  • @Chenmunka I agree that this is rather hypothetical scenario. I am asking mainly out of curiosity. If it is possible, knowing whether that actually happened could fall under "SE network trivia".
    – Martin
    Commented Jan 14, 2016 at 10:53
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    I am tempted to reply "Yes, for example disciplined indeed does" Commented Jan 14, 2016 at 11:09
  • I found the question Integrals from MIT Integration Bee contest on Math.SE. It is deleted, the OPs account is not deleted and it currently has 981 views. So we could verify experimentally whether a popular question badge can be awarded for deleted question if we get 20 more views (from users who can view that question).
    – Martin
    Commented Jan 14, 2016 at 11:59
  • I tried to find one using SEDE but it doesn't show the view count on deleted posts :( Commented Jan 14, 2016 at 12:09
  • And if we want to do the same experiment with the favorite question badge, the closest to 25 I was able to find was Can we get just 3 from π? at math.SE. It was favorited 23 times so far. (And I can add one star. So one more volunteer is needed.)
    – Martin
    Commented Jan 15, 2016 at 12:20
  • @Martin How do you view a deleted question?
    – Elliot A.
    Commented Jan 17, 2016 at 14:41
  • @ElliotA. On Any site where you have 10k+ reputation, you can view deleted opsts.
    – Martin
    Commented Jan 17, 2016 at 14:54

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Basically, if we find some questions which fulfilled the criteria while deleted, we can find out experimentally whether the badges are awarded or not.

Popular question

Here is an example showing an instance where popular question was not awarded. (And there is no reason to expect that the badges Notable question and Famous question, which are also based on number of views, should behave differently.)

As I have mentioned in a comment above, I was able to find the question Integrals from MIT Integration Bee contest. (Here is link to the revision history on Math.SE. Of course, either of the links will only work for you if you have privilege to view deleted posts on Math.SE.)

The question now has over 1k views.

Screenshot with 1015 views

Yet the OP was not awarded the popular question badge for this question

Screenshot shown OPs popular question badges

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