If I answer a question and vote for a competing answer, I am on my way to the Sportsmanship badge. What about if I:

a) delete my answer after voting for a competing answer

-- or --

b) delete my answer before voting for a competing answer

-- or --

c) delete my answer, vote for a competing answer, get abducted by aliens, the aliens using my account undelete my answer

Do any of those scenarios count towards the badge?

And just for the hell of it - what if I undo my vote for the competing answer?

This, of course, is not the result of alien abduction. Duh. This would be the result of a kidnapping where the kidnappers force me to undo upvotes under threat of serious injury or death.

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    You forgot the third scenario: where you answer, delete it, vote, then edit and undelete your answer. For everyone's benefit I have added this scenario to your question.
    – Welbog
    Commented Oct 20, 2010 at 16:01
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    Alien abduction isn't necessary, they already tap your Internet connection.
    – Gnome
    Commented Oct 20, 2010 at 16:11
  • @Sid, what if you vote by accident, immediately click to undo your vote, post a short answer, realize your initial vote was correct, re-vote while still in the vote grace period and then delete your own answer? And what if you then re-undo your vote? Way to only selectively add use cases.
    – Pops
    Commented Oct 20, 2010 at 16:14
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    @Population Demeter, that's why Atwood's Angels added the ability for us to edit questions. You can just add your scenario and so can others until all scenarios are enumerated exhaustively.
    – Welbog
    Commented Oct 20, 2010 at 16:15
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    @Sid - I'm glad I ran into you here. I've been meaning to tell you: I don't care how big your hoplite army is, it can never "shoot down" an airplane.
    – user27414
    Commented Oct 20, 2010 at 16:22
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    @JonB. Don't mess with Sid, his words are backed by nuclear weapons!
    – Tangurena
    Commented Oct 20, 2010 at 17:00
  • Why do people downvoting competing answers? Commented Mar 20, 2012 at 9:16

1 Answer 1


Currently, the badge logic is:

  • your answer has a positive score
  • your answer isn't deleted
  • your vote on a competing answer occurs after your answer

Also, for the purposes of all vote-based badges, deleted votes (i.e. votes you undo) are never factored in.


After intense public outcry, we've removed the restriction that your upvotes on competing answers must occur after your answer.

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    #3 there surprises me. What's the reasoning behind it? It's not uncommon for me to scroll down a question, reading the answers, upvoting as I go. When I reach the bottom of the page, I might think "hm, as good as those answers were, none of them mentioned X." Then I'll be in the perfect place to add an answer that does address X. It seems much less natural to make it to the bottom of the page without voting. This might encourage people to answer before reading the existing answers, which is bad; if that was desired, the answer entry box would be on top of the answer list.
    – Pops
    Commented Oct 20, 2010 at 18:15
  • This makes me wonder if your answer has to have a positive score before you vote on another answer, too.
    – Gnome
    Commented Oct 20, 2010 at 19:12
  • As an aside, it's a shame about the only upvotes count condition, as well as #3: I'm sure I have made over 100 downvotes in the Significant new inventions in computing since 1980 thread – I'd be able to cinch the badge with one answer... Commented Oct 22, 2010 at 14:51
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    @Charles: It's called "Sportsmanship", not "Elbowing your way to the top"; why on earth would downvotes count?
    – jscs
    Commented Oct 22, 2011 at 18:29
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    @Ἰησοῦς: It's a joke. Commented Oct 24, 2011 at 13:10
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    @Charles: Oh, well. Had I the power, I'd give you a badge for those downvotes. Something like a Purple Heart -- wounded while tending to site quality.
    – jscs
    Commented Oct 26, 2011 at 0:40
  • @JoshCaswell, Is there a time limit between the votes casted and the answer post? Does it count if the answer is posted 1 year after the vote has been casted? Also does voting on multiple answers give you multiple "Sportsmanship"?
    – Pacerier
    Commented Nov 8, 2015 at 0:17

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