I've been fiddling with data-explorer recently, and I was curious to see how many edits I still need to earn the Strunk & White badge.

So I ran how many edits I made and how much more until I earn the badges and I was a bit disappointed at the results:

Damien Pirsy 4 0 76 496

So basically I'm supposed to have done only 4 regular edits, but I'm damn sure I did A LOT more...
I must point out that I know the rules behind this badge, which are the regular and which aren't, and still I think I've done much more than 4 regular edits.

I then bumped into this question: Strunk & White problem, I tried all the solutions and still obtained the same result; i'm talking specifically about this query: User Edit Count.

I read tens of similar questions here on meta: some were old (before the changes done to this badge), the others pointed me to the queries I run. I aknowledge that datas are taken from a monthly data dump, but still the count doesn't match...I don't think I have done so much edits just in the last month...I did more than before, but still...

Where am I doing wrong? By chance, do subsequent edits on a question/answer INVALIDATE my previous edits, and so do not count (for me) towards this achievement?

Can someone shed a light on this?

I forgot: I refer to my stackoverflow account Damien Pirsy, userid: 594509

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    Note that it's updated every two months now. Last update shows June 6th.
    – Troyen
    Jul 12, 2011 at 7:57
  • Ok, so from the August 6th on I would get the more accurate count, right? Jul 12, 2011 at 9:20

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The data there is only updated every other month, so if you've been on a recent editing binge it may take a while to be reflected there. Also edits to your own posts don't count, nor do edits that only affect tags.

Actually I see from your edit history that you have done more than that, long enough ago that they should show up. I suspect that the query, being user-created, is just faulty. This one seems more accurate (though still not perfect, it can only count the last person who edited).

If you want to do more editing to earn some badges, you can help us in our quest to clean up and .

  • Yeah, I ran that query and gives me 18. Maybe I am still far from the 80, I know, but they have to be more...I know which edit counts and which not, I'm aware of that. I read of your quest, I even corrected the 'javascript' tag in some, I'll keep on ;) Jul 12, 2011 at 9:20

Not sure if this method is reliable because it fluctuates a lot but, if you want to see the number of edit a user made, you can do the folowing:

  1. Go to the users page and select editors and all
  2. Enter the username in the search box.
  3. You now can see the number of edits.

According to that view, you have 44 edits.

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    This includes edits to your own posts, so is only a very rough guide to how close you are to the Strunk & White or Copy Editor badges.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Jul 12, 2011 at 11:59

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