Being new to the Stack Exchange family of sites, I noticed that on Stack Overflow I am given 40 votes per day, but the Suffrage badge description states that it is awarded when one has:

"Used all 30 votes in a day"

This seems a little strange to me, as it makes it sound like you only have 30 in a day, whereas the real number is 40. Am I missing something here, or is this intentional?

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    The number of votes has just been recently increased. You still have only 30 votes for questions and answers and 10 for questions only. Regarding the badge, I don't know whether this will be adjusted or not but I assume so.
    – Felix
    Commented May 7, 2011 at 0:36
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    ...and this is absolutely the right place for this sort of question. Welcome.
    – user142852
    Commented May 7, 2011 at 0:50
  • @Felix Ah, I thought an increase might have been the cause! @Ninefingers Thanks! Commented May 7, 2011 at 1:02
  • Appreciate the edit... but I think I actually had to use all 40 of mine to get the badge. =) Commented May 7, 2011 at 15:56

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(paraphrasing a comment from Felix)

The message says you “used all 30 votes” because, of the 40 votes you get, you can use up to 30 of them to vote on answers.

See this answer which proposed the current behaviour: Separate vote pools for questions and answers

  • Note in the comments to the accepted answer in the link you gave that I asked a member of the team how this would affect the "Suffrage" badge. The answer I got was that "we will probably just leave suffrage as is". That's obviously subject to change, but that's the decision as of now. Commented May 7, 2011 at 6:37

Well this is historic.

I just changed the description to: "Used 30 votes in a day".

Also, I added a brand new badge called Vox populi for people who figure out how to use up the maximums 40 votes a day. (Hint: if one fourth of your votes are on questions you will be able to get the new badge.)

  • Will this badge also be awarded retroactively, to those users that used up all 40 votes in one day in the last week when the new system was implemented?
    – Jan Fabry
    Commented May 9, 2011 at 7:05
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    @Jan no ... not retroactive ...
    – waffles
    Commented May 9, 2011 at 7:28
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    Don't you mean "if 1/4 of your votes are on questions"?
    – Ether
    Commented May 14, 2011 at 16:38
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    I didn't know of the Vox populi until I just received it, together with suffrage, here at meta. To be honest, I don't see the value of having to such similar badges, especially if they both are one-time badges (are they?).
    – oma
    Commented May 14, 2011 at 21:17
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    They are definitely both one-time badges. =) Commented May 24, 2011 at 16:50
  • @waffles: Is this recent edit (1/3 -> 1/4) really correct? Commented Aug 17, 2011 at 6:42
  • @Hendrik yeah ... it wants 10 question votes
    – waffles
    Commented Aug 17, 2011 at 7:46
  • @waffles: Thanks for the confirmation! Commented Aug 17, 2011 at 7:57

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