I have a bit of confusion about this. I thought a gold badge is given after you get 1000 up votes in a tag for example C#, Java, PHP, etc.

I saw this user (today) with only 476 upvotes for C# tag and he was given a gold badge in C# tag and elsewhere I saw this user with 764 upvotes in PHP tag but still no gold badge.

What is the criteria for this if it is not what I thought, that is 1000 upvotes?

Or is there a query I can run (in Stack Exchange data explorer) to determine the total votes earned by a user in the specified tag?

4 Answers 4


There is a nice greasemonkey script that shows you the total upvotes per tag you got.


The × nnn after the tag in the Tags section is not how many votes they have, but how many answers they've given for questions with that tag.

  • Then how to determine how many votes have been there for a tag?
    – Sarfraz
    Commented May 15, 2010 at 12:08
  • Check out this link: stackoverflow.com/questions/… Replace the tagnames value and the pagesize to get other tags and more results. Though don't go too high with the pagesize.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Commented May 15, 2010 at 12:44
  • @ChrisF: Thanks but it does not tell total upvotes a user has got in specified tag.
    – Sarfraz
    Commented May 15, 2010 at 12:54
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    @user If you look in the stats page for the given tag, the gray number under the all time section is the number of up votes that person has recieved. Commented May 15, 2010 at 15:16
  • @ChrisF: The pagesize value doesn't seem to do anything. I always get 20 results no matter what I put there.
    – mmyers
    Commented May 15, 2010 at 16:01

You need total of 1,000 score (upvotes - downvotes) and not just upvotes.

Now you can directly see the actual score of particular tag for any user.

Just go to it's profile -> go to tags tab. Here the score for particular tag is available before tag name. Hover on it for more details. See this for example:


I found the solution here in the end. Thanks all :)



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