Do you lose privileges if you lose reputation (e.g. by spending it on bounties) and dip below what you had to reach to gain that privilege? Or, do you get to keep a privilege once it is earned no matter what?

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    +1 though I can't believe this question wasn't asked before!
    – Trufa
    Commented Jan 25, 2011 at 17:16
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    @Trufa Challenge accepted, previous asking found. Now, not duplicates, but here are some related questions.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Jan 25, 2011 at 18:18
  • @Grace, was that link there??? I swear I need a good night sleep :) Sorry! Deleted the comment to avoid confusion. Thanks again!
    – Trufa
    Commented Jan 25, 2011 at 18:38
  • @Trufa actually it was, only 'abilities' term is used instead of 'privileges' Commented Feb 28, 2014 at 16:19

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You must maintain a privilege's rep requirements to maintain that privilege.

Badges work a little differently. You always get to keep a badge, once earned. However, if you lose the requirements for that badge, your next badge earned in that badge category is a "makeup" one.

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    Except for tag badges, which are revoked if you fail to maintain your tag score.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Jan 25, 2011 at 17:10
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    @Grace What?!?! That means I could lose my subjective tag badge as questions are migrated or deleted! OH NOES! The horror!
    – Pollyanna
    Commented Jan 25, 2011 at 17:11
  • How come one loose req for a badge ? Recently (before 48 hours) my answer got 10th vote up ( actually 12+ & 2- ) but still I didnt receive my "Nice Badge".
    – Lucifer
    Commented Jun 2, 2013 at 5:00
  • @AdamDavis think about tag cleanups :D Commented Feb 28, 2014 at 16:18
  • @Łukasz웃Lツ Well the bigger problem, of course, is the upcoming meta split. It's possible I'll lose my stackoverflow silver badge!
    – Pollyanna
    Commented Feb 28, 2014 at 16:23

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