I gave a dumb answer to a question on SO. It earned a sum of -3 on my answer, and I was resigned to scurry away from the question and hide in the corner to lick my wounds. The displayed sum was minus 3.

I clicked 'Delete' on my answer (24+ hours ago), and the answer has appeared to have removed itself. I can see it shaded pinkish with the 'Undelete' option.

The badge hasn't been awarded. I am only wondering about the frequency of the badge calculations and handouts.

Questions: Does the Peer Pressure badge apply to answers as well as questions?

If I suspect that a badge hasn't been awarded (in error), is it appropriate to send an email to the SO team?

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    I was awarded the Peer Pressure badge for deleting a -3 net vote answer - so yes it does apply. My original answer was a bit crock - which is why it was down-voted I assume - but I've corrected it.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Jul 21 '09 at 21:31

The Peer Pressure badge does apply to answers as well as questions.

However, you'll only get it if the displayed score on your post is at least -3. i.e the number of down-votes exceeds the number of up-votes by 3 or more.

  • It would have been easier to say "Your displayed score must be at least -3"
    – TheTXI
    Jul 15 '09 at 15:48
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    But then there wouldn't be a chart! Jul 15 '09 at 15:49
  • @Pesto - I removed the chart as someone clearly didn't like it (other than TheTXI I think).
    – ChrisF Mod
    Jul 15 '09 at 15:55

Who knows how long this has been on, but it looks like you get another kind of hint, (if rep and votes weren't dimming enough) on eligibility for a Peer Pressure badge.

When you get -3 or more, it looks as if the text colour of the post will dim a shade:

dim bulb

  • been this way for a long long time. I guess that's a good sign, it means you're rarely seeing posts that negatively voted! Also: in unrelated news, the non-aliased fonts in your screenshot make my eyes bleed. Aug 20 '09 at 10:52
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    Bleeding means the fonts are nice and sharp.
    – random
    Aug 20 '09 at 11:10

I'd like to ask a question within this topic. If I delete my own -3 post, then the entire question gets deleted by the OP, do I get the peer pressure / or in cases the disciplined badge?

  • No. You have to delete your post specifically.
    – Eric
    Aug 11 '09 at 12:01
  • Okay. But when I delete my post before the question gets deleted too, does this rule apply - if there is no question, how could the badge routine detect my action?
    – akarnokd
    Aug 11 '09 at 13:05

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