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What are the badges I can earn on each site, and what are the exact criteria for earning each badge?

Formerly List of all badges with full descriptions. What are badge name's requirements? Why didn't I get badge name (right now)? Which badges can I earn multiple times? Jump to: Question ...
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How do “badges” work?

What are badges? How do users get badges? How can users get tag badges? What can cause a badge to be lost/revoked/taken away after it is awarded? How can I suggest a new badge? For more information,...
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Find out which question/answer awarded you the badge

With the addition of Recent Activity a while back it became much easier to know what's going on. However, sometimes when a badge is awarded, it's not immediately clear why it happened. I suggest ...
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What are tag badges? How do they work? [duplicate]

My question is specifically for badges in a particular tag. I've heard that the rules have been changed. How and when can one get bronze, silver and gold badges for a specific tag, say stackexchange? ...
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What kind of edits contribute to the editor badges?

The descriptions for the editing badges are: Editor: First edit Strunk & White: Edited 80 posts Copy Editor: Edited 500 posts Does "posts" include your own questions/answers, or are these ...
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Badge progress reports

Is there a way to view your own progress towards certain badges? For example: Tumbleweed - What value constitutes low views for a week? Fanatic – Is there a way to view how many days in a row you ...
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How long does it take for badges to be awarded? How are they generated?

Do badges get calculated in real time, or do they get calculated by an external service? How long does it take for a badge to be awarded, once its requirements are met? Does Stack Overflow use any ...
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Badge symbol in notification is of the site you're on, not where badge was earned

It's so cool that the notification reminds you of the colour of badge you've earned. But I am a little puzzled by the symbols: Is it feasible to use the symbol from the earned site? At the moment it ...
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How long do Tenacious and Unsung Hero badges take to be awarded?

Just curious whether the process takes a while, and whether it scrapes through history to determine if it was once valid or not. Currently, I have 6 0-vote accepted answers and 20 1+-vote answers (on ...
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Asking days badges

A couple of months ago, I suggested a set of badges for asking questions. The responses were... mixed. The top answer can be summarized: In practice, all this would do is encourage people to ask ...
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The problem with extrinsic motivation

TL;DR: Stack Exchange favors standard, fast, and complete answers at the expense of novel, creative, and excellent answers. This bias results directly from reputation ratings, badges and other ...
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Electorate, Pundit, etc badge progress

We need more meta data about progress for some of the badges, particularly with new ones like Electorate, Pundit, and more. This started off as a whinge about Electorate, but has been expanded into ...
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Should the Precognitive badge be listed in the list of S[OFU] badges?

Followed the Area 51 proposal for this site before it entered the commitment phase None of these sites had Area 51 proposals.
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New three-tiered badge idea: Explainer →Refiner → Illuminator

The difference between a poor or meh question and a stellar question can often simply be someone understanding it and providing it a great answer. I can't begin to count the number of times I've ...
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What happened to this user's rep, badges, and name?

This user is only displaying 56 rep. https://stackoverflow.com/users/2354107/user2638924 But surely (s)he has much more than that. The user has also never given out any bounties. Also, badges ...
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Which badges do not cause a notification for experienced users?

Yesterday, I have received two badges: Revival, and Self-Learner. However I was only notified of the Revival badge, because apparently the Self-Learner badge is not considered "veteran-worthy". What ...
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No gold badge for revival/necromancer/… pattern?

I recently answered a question that was several months old, and my answer was accepted. I thought this would earn me a badge, but upon looking, realised the badges were issued for upvoted answers, ...
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“You've earned (badge)” panel layouts are broken

When I visit my activity page I see this: The "Congratulations! You've earned (badge)" section has dropped down completely beneath the tabs under it. The "You've earned a new privilege!" section has ...
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Is the Critic badge awarded prematurely

Take an account without the "Critic" badge, upvote a question, immediately downvote it, then immediately cancel the downvote, and you get the critic badge.
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Analytical Badge still showing “FAQ”

I just noticed that the FAQ link at the top of the page is replaced with "help". However, the description of the Analytical Badge is still "Visited every section of the FAQ". Shouldn't this also be ...
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Add badges to Markdown?

I always found it odd that although I could compose questions and answers with tags in markdown, I can't do the same for a Great Question, Great Answer, or any other badge. I assume that this is ...
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Should the beta badges stop being awarded to users?

Of the 3797 badges present in the data dump, only 2982 were issued with the creation date of 2008-09-23. Since the beta badges were issued, people have been earning them in trickles. Should the ...
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Bounty Hunter badges

I suggest two new badges: Greedo - first bounty earned (bronze) Boba Fett - earned 2000 rep through bounty (silver) Imported from Uservoice ticket, "Bounty hunter badges", originally posted by Jon ...
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New silver badge for editing N tag wikis

I am working on improving our tag wiki system and am looking for some better ways to incentivise the community to write awesome content. At the moment we have a single bronze badge for Tag Wikis - ...
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Change the definition of a “day” to be localized for users

Normally I would not complain about this, but given that two badges are based on "visiting the site" each "day" it is silly for the "day" to be based on UTC clock for all users. I can speculate ...
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Why haven't I received the “Curious” badge?

As you can see in the picture, I have 13 out of 5. But it's been like this for about two months! What's the reason for that?
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New Community Review badges

The Community Review Dashboard is finally nearing something we can call "release quality". All of the major categories from the old system are in place, and the time has come to address those stinkin' ...
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Do shared link to ANSWERS also count for Announcer, Booster, Publicist badges?

The legends for these badges say Shared a link to a question that was visited ... But if I share a link directly to the answer, like this one, does it also count for these badges? BTW, does it ...
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Empowering tag-badge holders part II - let's look at silver?

Not long ago, we gave folks that have a gold tag badge the ability to instantly mark a question as a duplicate of another. This has worked out exceptionally well in practice. While there have been ...
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How can I see my progress for different badges?

I am trying to obtain more badges on Stack Overflow. For example, to gain Archaeologist I need to edit 100 inactive posts but I am not keeping track of the number of posts I've edited. For Deputy I ...
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Is it possible to lose badges?

Is it possible to lose badges after they've been awarded?
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Include reviews made outside of /review in progress towards the badge

The recent changes to /review has gotten everyone interested in cleaning up the muck. At present, only posts "reviewed" (by clicking on the review link) and actions taken (up/down/close/edit/flag) ...
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More badge progress indicators

I just noticed the Copy Editor badge progress indicator on stackoverflow.com/review/, Can we have this for more badges please? In particular the badges where it's not clear to the user how they're ...
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Details on how the Yearling badge works [duplicate]

Jawa asked me this in a comment and I didn't know the answer. So I present it to the meta SO community: [To get the Yearling badge] Do you need to earn the 200 rep within that one year or is it ...
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Copy Editor with too few revisions?

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 ...
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A badge that rewards “prophetic” downvoting

How about introducing a badge that rewards downvoting, but only of the sensible kind? A measure for sensible downvoting would be a high percentage certain number of downvotes on content that has ...
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Badge suggestion: Unsung Hero (5 accepted answers with no votes)

This badge, which I'd nominate as a silver, would be awarded for every 5 accepted answers a user has with no votes. There should probably be a 24-hour window after acceptance before this badge is ...
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What is the purpose of the tumbleweed badge? [on hold]

What is the purpose of the tumbleweed badge? Why is asking questions no one answers or looks at a desirable accomplishment?
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How do I estimate Strunk & White progress?

Self-edits and retags don't count toward S&W. The former are easy to filter, but what about the latter? #! /usr/bin/perl use warnings; use strict; sub num_last_editor { my($id) = @_; open ...
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Booster badge should be golden or easier to achieve

I know it sounds easy to get this badge. After all who doesn't have a Facebook account? Wrong, 300 unique IP addresses in 4 days is not easy to get, because a. You don't have that many friends b. ...
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Why don't I have the “Mortarboard” badge?

May be my question is duplicate but i have confusion. On March 22 I got 200 reputation: But I didn't get the Mortarboard badge. (Link to my badges list) I know it takes time to get badge but ...
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Is the Populist badge broken? Or have I misunderstood?

In this question: First name, middle name, last name. Why not Full Name? my answer has 34 votes and the accepted answer has 10. But no sign of a Populist badge - should I have one? Edit: The ...
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If I hit the daily rep cap and then get downvoted, does it still count towards badges?

Say I hit the daily rep cap (with a great overhead, say 40 upvotes for answers, which would translate to 400 rep) and THEN get one downvote, then the day ends. At the end of the day I gained +198 rep. ...
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Suggested improvements to badges index page

(Migrated from UserVoice) Currently, https://stackoverflow.com/badges shows the possible badges, number of total recipients, and brief descriptions. However, I have a few suggestions (mostly minor ...
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Can we have cross-site badges?

In the early days of the Stack Overflow trilogy (including SO, Server Fault, and Super User), I noticed that many of the most active members were good contributors on all three trilogy sites. These ...
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Proposal: Free day in the visit log to account for the Oct 9th downtime

Given the downtime for today (Oct 9th, 2010) due to the UPS Failure, I propose giving every user that visited on Oct 8th, 2010 a free entry in the visit log (or whatever the name may be) for Oct 9th, ...
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Voting for competing answers (Sportsmanship badge)

If I answer a question and vote for a competing answer, I am on my way to the Sportsmanship badge. What about if I: a) delete my answer after voting for a competing answer -- or -- b) delete my ...
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Should Moderator Election rules be changed?

If I have ALL of the required badges to be a moderator, save Yearling. Why should that one badge disqualify anyone? Some people have been active users for almost a year. I see no reason why not ...
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What is the purpose of the “disciplined” badge?

I don't get the purposes of the disciplined badge. Why would someone delete a good answer where he has been awarded 3 up-votes, and why should he be marked as "disciplined" for doing so?
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“Next tag badge” panel score and answers counter discrepancy

On the "Next tag badge" panel of my Stack Overflow profile for C# tag, I see: 92/100 score 88/20 answers But, when I open the "Select your next badge" panel, there's: 97/100 score 90/20 ...