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Is the Critic badge badge awarded prematurely

The stackoverflow badge critic is awarded as soon as you (accedintly) hit the downvote button. If you correct the downvote and correct it to upvote you keep the critic.

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    I suspect that this is by-design and a case really not worth fixing. – ChrisF Mar 24 '11 at 9:59
  • My critic badge on this meta was created by exactly this effect. But it's not really that big a deal -- it might mean I get the badge a bit early, but I would down-vote something for real sooner or later. – Spudley Mar 24 '11 at 14:30

How do "badges" work?

The site admin has stated multiple times that, by design, badges cannot be lost or revoked, unless they were obtained by cheating.

However, if the criteria for a badge no longer exist — e.g. the post it was awarded for is deleted — the next award of that badge is negated. When badges are awarded, the system checks to see how many you're supposed to have, and only awards new badges when the number of badges you're supposed to have is greater than the number of badges you have.

As an example, suppose one of your answers received 10 up-votes, which caused you to earn the Nice Answer badge. After you have the badge, that same answer is down-voted to a score under 10. The Nice Answer badge is not revoked. However, the next time you have an answer that gets 10 up-votes, you will not earn an additional Nice Answer badge, because the system sees that you already have the number of Nice Answer badges that you should have.

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  • This only works for "proper" badges and not tag badges though. If I have 100 votes in the regex tag and then get downvoted, I lose my bronze regex badge. Can't remember where I read this though, and apparently I can't find it again, so I might have read this in a dream... – CanSpice Mar 24 '11 at 16:18
  • I was proud of my Great Answer badge here at Meta, but the original question was deleted by Jeff. I am now a bit ashamed of this badge since it suggests that I posted an utterly worthless answer. – BalusC Mar 24 '11 at 16:22
  • @Chichiray: a parrot who can read and write English (albeit with a computer keyboard) has nothing to be ashamed of. Besides, "Post is no longer available" is good enough for me :) – Matt Ball Mar 24 '11 at 16:24

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