As has been explained, the Populist badge is actually awarded based on 2x outscoring of an accepted answer that has more than 10 upvotes. So, can we change the badge text from

Provided an answer that outscored an accepted answer with 10 votes by 2x


Provided an answer that outscored an accepted answer with more than 10 votes by 2x


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    Either that, or just make it work on an accepted answer with 10 upvotes. Jul 20, 2009 at 14:50
  • duplicate: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/6851/… Jul 20, 2009 at 14:53
  • I'm not sure if I should close this - the duplicate I linked to was "resolved" by Jeff because it had to do with a misunderstanding of how the Populist badge worked, but at the same time the same issues you mention here were covered there first. Jul 20, 2009 at 14:56
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    I don't thiiiiiink it's a duplicate. The other question (and its resolved status) seems to be addressing whether the behavior of populist is a bug. This question is a followup to it, proposing that since it's apparently not a bug, that it be described accurately.
    – chaos
    Jul 20, 2009 at 16:33
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    Description should be fixed. I thought I should get badge here (stackoverflow.com/questions/1505582/…), but I have not. Now I'm here. So description is definitely wrong. Oct 19, 2009 at 18:01
  • This is actually a status-completed now, but I can't add that tag.
    – chaos
    Feb 15, 2011 at 20:36

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I believe Kyle provided a definitive description of the badge, which does differ from yours in a couple of important ways:

Provided highest scoring answer that outscored an accepted answer with more than 10 votes by more than 2x.

(But IMHO it would be more sensible to change the behaviour of the badge to match the current description, than to keep the current rather counter-intuitive behaviour.)

  • Sorry for the necro, but Kyle's text is inaccurate. More than one answer on a question can receive the badge if each of them outscores the accepted answer by 2x. They can't both be the "highest scoring." Sep 8, 2017 at 15:30

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