A few days ago I had the gold Copy Editor badge on Stack Overflow for 500 edits. Today I don't. I checked the Data Explorer and according to that I have only made 100 edits. I didn't think badges would be revoked once earned, and even if they are I don't see how 400 edits can disappear so quickly.

What has happened?

  • Which SEDE query did you use? Many of them are flawed, because they only track a post's most recent editor. When I earned Copy Editor (back when it was for 600 edits), the query said I was still ~440 edits short.
    – Pops
    Feb 24, 2011 at 21:24
  • I used a flawed one apparently. I tried the one Jeff M posted and got 244 edits.
    – Mark Byers
    Feb 24, 2011 at 21:32

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According to waffles, the logic for getting the editing badges have changed. I guess the badges are being revoked and re-rewarded based on this logic. His comment below on that answer seems to confirm that.

I've written a new query that takes this into account.

  • Does that query take into account Tag Wiki edits? Assuming that Tag Wiki edits count towards the badge of course...
    – ChrisF Mod
    Feb 24, 2011 at 21:28
  • Thanks. New query says 244 edits, half way there! :)
    – Mark Byers
    Feb 24, 2011 at 21:29

The edits didn't disappear.

  • The data explorer data is up to a month out of date so your edits for February won't count.

  • The queries on the data explorer tend to under-report edits as they only identify those posts where you were the last editor. If someone else edits the same post later, the fact that you edited the post is "forgotten".

  • The rules on multiple edits to the same post were tightened. You now have to make edits to 500 posts (which isn't quite the same). Source

So you probably lost the badge due to the last change, but you are closer than you think because of the 1st two reasons.

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