I asked a question. No-one answered. 5 years later, I answered it. Today, the answer got an upvote that qualified it for the Revival badge. But can one really Revive one's own question? I am not sure that was the intention.

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    Why not? It's not like you can vote for your answer
    – Laurel
    Nov 23 at 17:46
  • I clicked the "revival-badge" tag and it only had 15 Q's...Second from the top was the duplicate target.
    – bad_coder
    Nov 23 at 23:15

Generally speaking, the badges you can't earn with a self-answer are the ones depending partially on actions you fully control. Examples:

  • Depending on accepting the answer:
    • Enlightened
    • Guru
    • Tenacious / Unsung Hero
    • Populist
  • Depending on editing the question - if you have <2k reputation, that's not automatic:
    • Explainer / Refiner / Illuminator

Revival does not depend on such actions, so it's rather logical self-answers also qualify for it.

(Scholar seems to be an exception, here are a couple of users who have it from a self-answer: [1], [2], [3]. Since it's counted as a question badge, that might make sense ...)

  • It makes sense for Scholar to be awarded for self-answers. The question must be 48+ hours old to accept a self-answer, which helps prevent gaming, and I think it's good to award if someone doesn't immediately self-answer but discovers the solution on their own later. Nov 23 at 22:04
  • @SonictheAnonymousHedgehog I agree. I'm just including it as the exception that proves the rule :)
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Nov 23 at 22:10

I think self-answering is a behavior to be encouraged even, and especially, when a question has gone unanswered for a long time.

If long unanswered questions are not revived by anyone providing an answer then they remain unanswered. I think a belated useful (upvoted) self-answer should be rewarded by the same badge that would be issued if any other user had provided it.

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