I am a bit baffled as to how I got the Pundit badge on SO. Apparently, I'm one of 7 elite pundits.

The description says "Left 10 comments with score of 10 or more"

That doesn't sound too hard. Only 7 people?

Is it only counting since the launch of the badge? Or is it for the whole history of SO?

Can you get multiple Pundit badges?

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    a lot of my comments make it 5, 6, 7 upvotes, but to get to 10 your comment has to be particularly funny or relevant – Paolo Bergantino Jul 20 '09 at 4:37
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    Dude, when you make it in I'll totally buy you lunch. – Nosredna Jul 20 '09 at 4:45

Upvoting comments also was a fairly new feature. I remember when it first came out (now I feel like an old-timer ;-)

  • Do you remember when you could close other peoples comments on your own questions/answers? – Brad Gilbert Jul 20 '09 at 4:59
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    old-timer? you don't get to say THAT unless you remember the password from the SO private beta! ;-) – Kyle Cronin Jul 20 '09 at 5:58
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    I can't even remember the password for the SU beta, which I only typed in a couple days ago! – a_m0d Jul 20 '09 at 7:40
  • @a_m0d: It's ewok.adventure (or is that a secret ;-) – Kredns Jul 20 '09 at 20:09
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    I don't remember the password for the Private Beta. Luckily Gmail remembered for me. It was _______maze – Brad Gilbert Jul 21 '09 at 16:56

From past evidence (data analysis), badges are awarded based on events that happened prior to the creation of the badge. Being a pundit must be harder than you think ;)

As for how many you can receive, it's way too early to infer.

  • Weird. I must have a knack for it then. A knack I don't seem to have for some other badges other people seem to get with ease. – Nosredna Jul 20 '09 at 4:17
  • I just looked at the "Pundits." I have by far the lowest numeric reputation of any of them. It's like I'm a Pundit prodigy! My night is made! stackoverflow.com/badges/94/pundit – Nosredna Jul 20 '09 at 4:23
  • Congrats :) It is rather difficult to come up with a comment worthy of 10+ votes that isn't better suited as a question. Although soon I fear that the CC WIKI police will be joining ranks with you, stackoverflow.com/questions/1149778/… – Ian Elliott Jul 20 '09 at 4:34
  • I'm going to assume Jeff made up the pundit badge just to make my day. – Nosredna Jul 20 '09 at 4:38
  • @Ian. Wow, that CC Wiki police action is making me a bit nervous. Maybe I should vote to close that sucker. :-) – Nosredna Jul 20 '09 at 4:44

Comments don't get up-voted like answers do. It's rare for me to see a comment with 10+ up-votes.

edit: I think part of this comes from not seeing the up-vote arrow for a comment until you mouse-over it, while up/down-vote arrows for questions and answers are always visible. Maybe it's just too well hidden.


It is over the whole history of the site.

I too was surprised how rare 10 comments with 10 upvotes is.

We might do a silver badge for something under this -- maybe 20 comments with 5 upvotes.

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