Some features on TeX.SX are time-dependent. For example, voting and comment editing. The bronze critic badge, however, does not fall under such time constraints. It is awarded immediately after you issue your
However, reversing this down vote (within the given time limit) does not reverse the awarded badge. Even the reputation loss from down voting an answer/question on TeX.SX is recovered within the time limit.
Now, perhaps this post doesn't matter at all, since
- It's just a bronze badge; who cares.
- Everyone without this badge will try this down vote reversal to still "stay neutral/positive on their voting", but have a +1 in the badge department.
Both points, I guess, are valid, since some badges are awarded by default for just forming part of the TeX.SX community (like posting your first question, answering your first question, up-voting, etc). Also, even the bronze badge description states the obvious, and somewhat verifies point (1) above:
However, does this possible "loop hole" constitute "basic use of TeX - LaTeX - Stack Exchange"?