I just earned the Copy Editor badge on Stack Overflow, but I don't think I have 600 edits! On my profile, under "Activity > Revisions," I only have fourteen pages of edits, each of which has 30 edits on it. That's less than 450 edits. Did I somehow get this badge prematurely?

Or do not all edits show under "Activity > Revisions?" Or is this a bug?

  • Just take your cookie and be happy!!! Earning badges is what it's all about, who cares how its done?
    – anon
    Commented Feb 12, 2011 at 7:00
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    @CrazyEddie templatetypedef is not complaining about it, they're trying to help out by reporting what looks like a bug. :) Commented Feb 13, 2011 at 10:37
  • Happened to me too today on askubuntu.com. Reading this description, I definitely got it without meeting the requirements.
    – htorque
    Commented Feb 13, 2011 at 10:55

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We counted "title" edits and "body" edits as distinct entities. This badge was awarded to users with 600 cumulative "title" or "body" edits.

Clearly this is not intuitive or right so I made some adjustments.

Strunk & White and Copy Editor now only count posts, provided:

  • The post is not deleted
  • You do not own the post

We only count an one "edit" per post, it does not matter if you edit the title or body multiple times.

To compensate for the stricter requirements we reduced the thresholds:

  • Copy Editor requires 500 posts to be edited (as opposed to 600)
  • Strunk & White requires 80 posts to be edited (as opposed to 100)
  • Interesting. Could you post the list of people who would lose this? I think 'revision guids' is the most correct implementation.
    – jjnguy
    Commented Feb 22, 2011 at 20:31
  • @jjnguy ... you could play with the results here: data.stackexchange.com/stackoverflow/q/93545
    – waffles
    Commented Feb 22, 2011 at 20:44
  • @jjunguy on second thoughts I may be able to fix this
    – waffles
    Commented Feb 22, 2011 at 20:51
  • Interesting - I have 21 pages of those revisions but no Copy Editor badge. I must've edited the same posts way too much (in fact, I did). Must edit harder!
    – Jeff Yates
    Commented Feb 22, 2011 at 21:35
  • @Waffles, interesting change. How do the numbers differ now?
    – jjnguy
    Commented Feb 22, 2011 at 21:35
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    @jjnguy - about 30 lost "copy editor" ... about 200 or so lost "strunk & white"
    – waffles
    Commented Feb 22, 2011 at 21:39
  • Ah so retags don't count as an "edit". Commented Feb 24, 2011 at 4:38
  • @Jeff ... no they do not
    – waffles
    Commented Feb 24, 2011 at 4:55
  • @waffles - Is an edit counted towards the required "500 posts" if your edit is reverted, rolled back, or overwritten? Ie. if I were to make an edit and the OP went in and re-edited it (removing my edits). This happens a lot for grammar clean up sadly.
    – Mike
    Commented Nov 7, 2012 at 19:32

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