Looks like the “Census” badge name and its description are not used in localized engine. I.e. as far as I see all sentences have been translated at least two months ago, but not used on site. E.g. screenshots from Stack Overflow in Russian:

After the survey completed

Achivement notification in inbox

Badge description

I’m pretty sure that same behavior occurs for other non-English sites. Other sites (pt, es, ja) have full or partial translation for this badge, hence current bug report should be moved to ruSO.meta probably, but I still can’t understand the reason why translation is not used from Transifex.

P.S. apologizes for using tag on MSE.

  • It kind-of makes sense because it's a Developer Survey, not an опрос программистов.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Commented Jan 8, 2018 at 20:50
  • The "and supplied your profile URL" part is no longer needed since this year the survey automatically redirects you to a page which makes you earn the badge without you having to supply any URL. Commented Jan 8, 2018 at 21:36
  • Also, just out of curiosity, how do you earn the Census badge on Russian Stack Overflow? Do you complete the same survey but in Russian? Commented Jan 8, 2018 at 21:37
  • @DonaldDuck I pressed a link from the banner appeared on ruSO. Commented Jan 8, 2018 at 23:57
  • @DonaldDuck We have the same survey in English for all Stack Overflows. Commented Jan 9, 2018 at 8:32
  • @NicolasChabanovsky so the link contains the referring site? Commented Jan 9, 2018 at 14:14
  • @ShadowtheHedgehogWizard Seems like it. After passing the survey I got the badge on Stack Overflow in Russian where I'd clicked on the banner. Commented Jan 9, 2018 at 14:18
  • @NicolasChabanovsky I see. So can you please answer this question with that info? (Coming from you, it will appear more official than someone else.) Commented Jan 9, 2018 at 14:31
  • @ShadowtheHedgehogWizard In this case I am as official as any other user :) I might know the right person to ask. Commented Jan 9, 2018 at 14:35
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    I’m voting to close this question because the Census badge has been permanently retired and retroactively revoked from all users on all sites. Commented May 5, 2023 at 7:19
  • @SonictheAnonymousHedgehog do we really need to close old question that is obsolete now? What's the benefit we can get doing that? Commented May 5, 2023 at 8:30
  • @αλεχολυτ it will still remain here since it has an (upvoted?) answer, and be able to receive votes, but not get new answers (which is appropriate). Plus, it will give a signal that this is no longer of any significance.
    – Joachim
    Commented May 5, 2023 at 9:23
  • @Joachim should we then close all other obsolete/fixed/not-reproduced etc questions? Commented May 5, 2023 at 9:46
  • @αλεχολυτ Except for fixes for situations that are still applicable, that is the general idea, yes :)
    – Joachim
    Commented May 5, 2023 at 16:42
  • Update: Gonna have to mea culpa on this one. After this got closed, the team decided to re-award the Census badge to users who previously earned it (only once so the same privacy concerns no longer apply). As such, voting to reopen. Commented May 6, 2023 at 5:38

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This looks fixed now. The problem possibly was on the Transifex side, or/and cache-related:

badge info

Some extra discussion can be found in chat (be careful: Russians inside).

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