Given the downtime for today (Oct 9th, 2010) due to the UPS Failure, I propose giving every user that visited on Oct 8th, 2010 a free entry in the visit log (or whatever the name may be) for Oct 9th, 2010.

It shouldn't matter to other users (at least not for reasons I can think of, correct me if I'm lapsing here), but having your streak broken by a datacenter issue would be a bit unfair to others going for the badge in a time period without an outage.

For those unaware this is for the Enthusiast and Fanatic badges, which are for consecutively visiting the site for 30 and 100 days, respectively.

  • 9
    Good point and this would be a fair solution. +1
    – Pekka
    Commented Oct 9, 2010 at 15:22
  • 2
    Surely badges should be earned by chance and not users working to get them?
    – Jonathan.
    Commented Oct 9, 2010 at 16:38
  • 3
    Yeah, please extend our subscription... er wait a second.
    – badp
    Commented Oct 9, 2010 at 17:32
  • 4
    Lost 52 day consecutive streak on wordpress.stackexchange.com +1 for free day.
    – Chris_O
    Commented Oct 13, 2010 at 5:14
  • 8
    How could one little package from UPS cause this much trouble? I guess everyone just assumes they use FedEx.
    – Kredns
    Commented Oct 20, 2010 at 2:16
  • I got pwned by this outage and it still hasn't gotten back to me!
    – user130648
    Commented Oct 20, 2010 at 2:59
  • See my comment on meta.stackexchange.com/questions/52436/uber-fanatic-badge
    – Filburt
    Commented Oct 26, 2010 at 9:13
  • @Daniel: You're refering to my answer wheras I meant to point to my comment on the original post in which I predicted that contributors will complain as soon as an outage occurs.
    – Filburt
    Commented Oct 26, 2010 at 16:07
  • @Filburt - There's an alternative way to solve that problem, think creatively ;) Commented Oct 27, 2010 at 12:25
  • definitely. i'm striving for those badges :)
    – user152723
    Commented Nov 9, 2010 at 10:33
  • I actually missed Oct. 10th because of the downtime; how did I manage that?
    – palswim
    Commented Dec 30, 2010 at 19:47
  • I understand your plight
    – abel
    Commented Jan 6, 2011 at 8:38

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Great idea Nick. I am annoyed about this as I was on 98 consecutive days. Now I have just one.

I have visited SO every day for 3 months, answering hundreds of questions, about a third of them marked as correct. I have helped a lot of people with their problems, and now I feel let down.

We all work in IT and we understand that these things happen from time to time. But they have to be fixed when they do.


This is now complete, there were 2 changes that went out today:

  1. If you visited on October 8th, we gave you credit for the 9th (the day we were down)
  2. We re-ran badges to assign them to people who missed them because of missing a day on the 9th (or any other not-awarded reason, though there were only a very strange few cases badges were missing for some other reason).

This resulted in the following on Stack Overflow:

This was run for all Stack Exchange sites, any that existed during the outage got the same love (others simply wouldn't have had any entries for Oct 8th...)

  • I've just noticed a gap showed up in my own record for 5/13/2012. I definitely visited that day, as I got my Ethusiast badge a couple weeks ago and have been working on my Fanatic badge. Here's my profile: stackoverflow.com/users/1231943/davek804 is there anything I can do?
    – Davek804
    Commented May 15, 2012 at 4:16
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    @Davek804 - your only traffic that day was a 2012-05-13 15:13:14.853 hit to the SO homepage which has never counted. The login and homepages have always been explicitly excluded from the counter since you're not actually using the site. Commented May 15, 2012 at 10:26

As of 12 minutes ago I received my "Fanatic" badge and the "gap" in my consecutive days has gone, so it looks like this is now resolved.


Maybe someone should implement this. I wonder who that person would be? :)

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    More than 100 days have passed since October 10th, so the point may be moot. :)
    – Pekka
    Commented Mar 15, 2011 at 10:54

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