The descriptions for the editing badges are:

Editor: First edit
Strunk & White: Edited 80 posts
Copy Editor: Edited 500 posts

Does "posts" include your own questions/answers, or are these badges just for edits to other people's stuff?

Other questions about how editor badge works:

  • What if I edit only a question's tags, but not its body?
  • What if I edit both a question's tags and its body?
  • Do edits to Community Wiki posts count?
  • Do edits to answers count?
  • Do edits to tag wiki pages count?
  • Do edits to comments count? (Moderators can edit other users' comments, even outside of the usual five minute window.)
  • @Jeff Atwood: Also, what happens if you someone re-edits a post that you edited. Does that count towards the badge or not? In my opinion, it should still count.
    – Lazer
    Commented Jun 25, 2010 at 6:16

2 Answers 2


What is included

  • community-wiki posts
  • tag wikis and excerpts

What is NOT included (only applies to Strunk & White and Copy Editor)

  • edits to your own posts
  • edits to tags

To count for S&W/Copy Editor, the edit must cover the title, the body or both.

  • 50
    Is there way to see how many edits I have? Commented Jul 1, 2009 at 11:39
  • 3
    Does an edit that includes both tags and body editing count?
    – Vladimir
    Commented Feb 5, 2010 at 8:36
  • 5
    @vlad yes, as long as the body or title is edited, that's all that matters Commented Feb 5, 2010 at 8:42
  • 5
    @Asssaf: data.stackexchange.com/stackoverflow/q/5117
    – Lazer
    Commented Jun 24, 2010 at 5:26
  • 1
    Query edited to not specifically target S&W: data.stackexchange.com/stackoverflow/qt/5157/…
    – Ether
    Commented Jul 12, 2010 at 3:59
  • 3
    @Lazer: That assumes nobody else has edited the post since.
    – Gelatin
    Commented Sep 14, 2010 at 20:19
  • @Lazer : The query is wrong. It is looking only for records that are last edited by the user. A post that is edited by a user still contributes towards the S&W badge irrespective of whether he edited last or not.
    – bragboy
    Commented Sep 26, 2010 at 21:23
  • 1
    What about rollbacks?
    – user154510
    Commented Sep 22, 2011 at 17:56
  • Plus it looks like that query has 100 edits as the limit for S&W, whereas I think the actual limit is 80.
    – Mu Mind
    Commented Feb 27, 2012 at 7:58
  • 4
    Here's a much nicer query: data.stackexchange.com/stackoverflow/query/62091/…
    – Mu Mind
    Commented Feb 27, 2012 at 8:22
  • 1
    @AnnaLear does not include edits to tags but tag wikis and excerpts are eligible. Is editing tags different from editing the tag wiki ?
    – asheeshr
    Commented Apr 2, 2013 at 15:04
  • 3
    @AshRj "Edits to tags" = "changing what tags the question has"
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented Apr 2, 2013 at 15:04
  • @AnnaLear Oh! Ok, thanks.
    – asheeshr
    Commented Apr 2, 2013 at 15:09
  • 1
    What is the rationale for tag edits not counting toward Copy Editor? There is huge value to future visitors in making the tags proper.
    – corsiKa
    Commented Jul 16, 2013 at 17:06
  • @MuMind, thank you for your helpful query. Do you have any idea why there might be a discrepancy between the counts returned from your query and the counts shown on the Activity Dashboard? For example, picking a random user who has done many edits: stackoverflow.com/users/2998271/har07?tab=activity -> has a count of 1063 on your query. Any idea what causes this difference in 6 edits?
    – nick
    Commented Apr 1, 2019 at 6:35

Just to expand a bit more in detail, let me know if I've left anything out.

What can I edit for the badge?

You can edit any normal questions or answers, including questions or answers which have been converted to community wikis. You can also edit tag wikis and their excerpts, which are both counted separately as edits.

What edits do not count towards the badges?

  • Edits made on your own posts.

  • Edits which only change tags.
    In order for the edit to count, you must change something in either the body or the title. This can include changes to the tags as well, as long as one of the body or title gets edited with it.

  • Multiple edits to the same post.
    Only the first edit to a single post will count.

  • Posts which get deleted after your edit.
    The edit will only count as long as the post in question remains intact. If at any point it gets deleted, the count with decrement.

  • Edits made on comments.

  • Actions taken on the post.
    Since you are not actually editing anything, actions such as closing, deleting, rollbacks, and converting to community wiki do not count.

Where can I view the number of edits I've made?

You can view the number of edits that currently count towards the badges in the review panel. Go into any one of the review tasks and hover over the progress bar located at the top and to the left of the tabs. The number at the left of your Copy Editor progress bar is the number of eligible edits you've made so far.

Copy Editor badge progress

If you suggest edits, do not trust the number of approved suggested edits that are listed on the suggested edit screen. This number is for all the suggested edits you have made, not particularly the ones that count towards the badge(s).

What if my edit gets rolled back?

The edit you made remains completely intact for the post. Since it was an actual, physical edit that could in the future get rolled back too as well, it will still count towards your overall progress. Only the action of rolling back does not count.


You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .