Did the margins for the silver & gold specialty badges change recently?
I reached 400 votes for the sql-server tag on SO, but it's been ~2 days and still haven't been awarded the badge. I gather there's a delay to make sure votes aren't reversed/etc...

On a side note, what does it take to get a Citizen Patrol badge? I've flagged numerous things, comments and questions alike.

  • Unrelated: I get the impression "urban hanggliding" is sarcastic and made-up... but it sounds incredibly awesome. Now I need to investigate the logistics of it...
    – Tom Ritter
    Feb 10, 2010 at 19:26
  • @Tom: On par with base jumping - rather illegal. Forgot my bio was populated on meta...
    – OMG Ponies
    Feb 10, 2010 at 19:31
  • @OMG Not concerned about the illegality, concerned about how likely the cross-winds would be to kill you...
    – Tom Ritter
    Feb 10, 2010 at 22:08
  • Don't forget not all badge awarding processes run every 5 minutes. Some like the tag badges appear to only run on every couple of days (or that's what it appeared like when I hit 400 votes for c#). Or you might actually need 401 votes!
    – ChrisF Mod
    Feb 10, 2010 at 23:34
  • @ChrisF: I realize that - that's why I mentioned that it's been two days now. I'm at 403 now...
    – OMG Ponies
    Feb 11, 2010 at 1:57
  • Gah! 404 now, so I've surpassed the 3 (assuming credited) in the CW post...
    – OMG Ponies
    Feb 11, 2010 at 5:26
  • Got the badge this morning
    – OMG Ponies
    Feb 11, 2010 at 15:41

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As for your second question (citizen patrol badge):

You can't get it for flagging comments, as according to Jeff Atwood it's "Not possible, as comments aren't logged in the same way as posts."

And with questions/answers, you only get it for flagging as spam/offensive. Again, Jeff says it "is only awarded for spam and offensive flags, as we moved the mod flags to another table. So if you really want it, flag spam/offensive." (see his comment towards the bottom). As of 2011-02-09, "Flagging for moderator attention now counts for the Citizen Patrol badge. This change applies retroactively."

  • The answer you link to informs: 2011-02-09: Flagging for moderator attention now counts for the Citizen Patrol badge. This change applies retroactively. Jan 14, 2012 at 1:24
  • @ErwinBrandstetter - Thanks, updated.
    – Alconja
    Jan 14, 2012 at 11:12

Votes in community wiki questions don't count towards tag badges. Perhaps some of your 400 votes are in CW questions.

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    Plausible - shouldn't that be reflected in the stats page for the tag?
    – OMG Ponies
    Feb 10, 2010 at 19:23
  • @OMG Ponies: FWIW, stackoverflow.com/search?q=user%3A135152+[sql-server]+wiki%3A1 just gives one result, with three upvotes. So you're not terribly far away from the badge.
    – balpha StaffMod
    Feb 10, 2010 at 19:28
  • @balpha: Thx, but I've never seen rep credit from that answer, and I watched the stats page - it didn't appear to show up there either. Or it was really delayed.
    – OMG Ponies
    Feb 10, 2010 at 19:29
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    I'm pretty sure the stats page already omits wiki posts.
    – mmyers
    Feb 10, 2010 at 19:56

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