I just noticed that Diago was awarded a Strunk and White badge one month after his last edit.

What happened? Did the requirements for the badge loosen? Did it just take a month to award it? Or is this an error?

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    – Welbog
    Jul 30, 2010 at 14:04
  • @Weblog, I forgot to add that one in my list of possible causes...
    – jjnguy
    Jul 30, 2010 at 14:05
  • Most likely a bug prevented him from getting it before (the bug must have been fixed a month later)
    – juan
    Jul 30, 2010 at 14:10
  • Possibly related?
    – Andy E
    Jul 30, 2010 at 14:14

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Not knowing how the badge system works, this is only hearsay.

Each time an action occurs that could affect a badge, the badge criteria are re-evaluated. This means that undeletions could create badges for apparently no reason. Theoretical timeline:

  1. Edits question. (edits: 99)
  2. Question deleted. (counted edits: 98)
  3. Edits other question. (counted edits: 99)
  4. Question undeleted. (counted edits: 100)

TaDa! Suddenly he gets [Strunk and White] without having made an edit for over a month. I assume this could also work for Good Answer badges.

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    duh, it's criteria. Remember, a cafeteria is an amalgam of many cafeterions. Wait, no...
    – Pops
    Jul 30, 2010 at 14:24
  • (Seriously though, criteria is the plural.)
    – Pops
    Jul 30, 2010 at 14:24
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    @PopularDemand Its especially funny because criterium is a word. Oct 6, 2011 at 17:25
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    If this comment thread makes no sense to you, see the revision history.
    – Pops
    Oct 6, 2011 at 19:34

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