There are several queries on the data explorer site that show your progress toward the various editing badges like Editor, Strunk & White, and Copy Editor. Based on most of these queries and my own results, it seems like the badges are filtering on a post type of "question", so that editing other users' answers does not contribute toward these badges.

I'm curious about why the design team would exclude answer edits. Was there a technical problem, or did they really think that question editing was much more important than answer editing?

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    Answer edits do count. It's the queries that are wrong.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Commented Jan 17, 2011 at 22:55

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Expanding on my comment:

Answer edits do count towards the editing badges. If the queries don't reflect that then the queries are wrong.

Also the queries can only check the last editor of a post and so will under-report the number of edits you have made if someone else edited the same post after you.

  • Any idea if the last editor of a post reflects tag changes? That's the only explanation I can think of, because the data explorer queries show me with more than 100 edits on Stack Overflow if I include answer and question edits. I did a lot of retagging in the early days, so that might be confusing the queries.
    – Don Kirkby
    Commented Jan 17, 2011 at 23:13
  • @Don - pure tag edits don't count. See Jeff's answer to a similar question.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Commented Jan 17, 2011 at 23:15

Progress Towards Editor Badges selects all questions

    (PostTypeId = 1 OR PostTypeId = 2)

... and since PostTypeId of 1 means questions and 2 means answers, this seems correct to me.

Strunk & White and Copy Editor Progress, however, incorrectly requires a PostTypeId of 1.

As ChrisF mentioned, queries on data.stackexchange.com only have access to the public data dumps, so they can only check the last editor.

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