Since the Enlightened badge is awarded to the first undeleted answer that is accepted and has a vote score of 10 or higher, it should be possible for a question to result in multiple Enlightened badges.

For instance, a questions could have two answers, both with a vote score of 10+. If the first is accepted, an Enlightened badge is awarded. Then, for some reason, the answer is unaccepted and deleted, after which the second answer is accepted and an Enlightened badge is awarded for that one.

Has any question on any Stack Exchange site ever resulted in multiple Enlightened badges?


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The question Python Weather API managed to do so:

Note that if you don't have 10k on Stack Overflow, the latter will show up as "(post deleted or otherwise unavailable)", so here's a screenshot:

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I found it with this SEDE query with potential hits - SEDE doesn't know whether an answer has been accepted in the past, nor does it know which post netted a certain user a badge.

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    Come to think of it, it is possible to determine if an answer has been accepted in the past. Here's an example for the one you found.
    – SQB
    Commented Jan 4, 2023 at 13:45
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    Weirdly enough, acceptance is a vote, while unacceptance doesn't seem to be.
    – SQB
    Commented Jan 4, 2023 at 13:56
  • Ah, right, because a moderator deleted it while it was still accepted.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Commented Jan 4, 2023 at 14:07
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    This query yields all questions with multiple accepted answers. There are some with four different accepted answers and even one with three once accepted but now deleted answers. Haven't found one with a reaccepted answer, but I'm not sure whether a new acceptance vote overwrites the older one. (Hmm... Hold on...)
    – SQB
    Commented Jan 4, 2023 at 14:36
  • To answer my own question from the previous comment, absence of evidence isn't evidence of absence, but SELECT PostId AS [Post Link] FROM Votes WHERE VoteTypeId = 1 GROUP BY PostId HAVING COUNT(*) > 1 yields no results.
    – SQB
    Commented Jan 4, 2023 at 14:38
  • I think the vote for acceptance is still recorded even though the answer is deleted, regardless of who deletes it.
    – SQB
    Commented Jan 4, 2023 at 14:40
  • But only moderators can delete accepted answers :)
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Commented Jan 4, 2023 at 14:47
  • But another answer could be accepted first, after which the erstwhile accepted answer can be deleted. (By its author, in shame?)
    – SQB
    Commented Jan 4, 2023 at 14:50
  • That could very well happen, yes, but that's something that is definitely hard to detect with SEDE (because of the absence of unacceptance votes)
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Commented Jan 4, 2023 at 14:52
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    IIRC "unacceptance" is achieved by deleting the accept vote from the votes table. And that is probably how un-upvote and un-downvote work as well. Maybe there is a voteshistory table for SE staff ...
    – rene
    Commented Jan 4, 2023 at 18:11
  • @rene I rather think it generates an entry in the ReputationHistory table or something similar.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Commented Jan 4, 2023 at 18:12
  • Only Adam Lear can tell us ...
    – rene
    Commented Jan 4, 2023 at 18:13
  • @rene but for these posts (see my query I was able to find multiple acceptance votes. So would that mean that when an answer is deleted, it's acceptance vote isn't deleted? That warrants another question.
    – SQB
    Commented Jan 5, 2023 at 9:11
  • To answer my previous comment, the acceptance vote remains after deletion, although a new acceptance should remove that vote.
    – SQB
    Commented Jan 5, 2023 at 10:04
  • And I've indeed asked another question, about finding unaccepted (or rather de-accepted) answers in the SEDE.
    – SQB
    Commented Jan 5, 2023 at 10:18

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