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General badges will not be taken away once you have earned them (barring very exceptional circumstances). Tag badges, on the other hand, will be revoked if you don't meet the criteria for them anymore. If you earned a bronze badge in a certain tag for 20 non-wiki answers with a total score of exactly 100, and then one of your answers gets downvoted (...


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You dropped below the threshold for earning that badge (you currently only have 99 answered questions under JavaScript), so the badge was retracted. While most badges are normally never taken away (except for extreme circumstances), tag badges are immediately taken away when you no longer meet the criteria. From How do “badges” work?: What can cause a ...


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Several badges are effectively a "negative" tag on a user. No, they aren't. They may be seen as such on CodeGolf, because CodeGolf, while using the SE software does not use the SE philosophy of answering a valid, real question with a best answer (or short: Q&A). It's fake questions, that have many competing answers, where you cannot objectively choose ...


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If you go under a tag badge threshold e.g. 100 votes for the bronze badge, you lose the tag badge. Currently you have 99 votes for the JavaScript tag: Probably some questions where ratagged which you have answered. Don't worry, +1 vote and you will regain the bronze badge.


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Comparing your reputation gained on that day with the current description of the Mortarboard badge, I suspect it is because 2 of those 200 reputation points came from a suggested edit that was accepted. Or it might be because the description now says, "Earned more than 200 reputation in a single day" while before it said ">= 200." I am a bit surprised, ...


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It is official policy that only tag badges can disappear (see here). The reason for this seems to be revealed, somewhat implicitly, in the wording there: "even if the conditions that caused a badge to be earned are no longer true, the badge will remain." The idea is, apparently, that if you earned a badge fair and square, you get to keep it. You did the ...


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I think you're getting things kinda wrong, or at least taking an excessively negative. It's worth remembering the bigger picture - that someone actually has to spend the time going through each and every badge and make a value judgement on them. If a potential employer is doing this, you already passed at least the first few rounds of weeding out employees. ...


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