According to the Generalist Badge Implemented blog post,

there must be at least 200 questions in all 40 of the top tags before this badge is awarded to anyone.

Right now, our "tag no. 40" (margins) features exactly 200 questions. IIRC, the tag has hit the limit yesterday, sometime in the afternoon. I had expected that the first Generalist badges would be awarded either immediately or in the morning of the next day (today). But no user has been awarded a Generalist badge so far. When can we expect our shiny new badges?

(Just in case anyone asks: I guess there should be at least a dozen "instant awards". I'm no. 5 rep-wise at the moment, and have a total score of >=15 in 31 of the top 40 tags.)

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    I like how with this question the OP earned a 'Nice Question' badge without getting any answer... and no 'Generalist' badge either...
    – Count Zero
    Nov 28, 2011 at 23:55
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    Could a delay be caused by tag synonyms?
    – Werner Mod
    Nov 29, 2011 at 19:47
  • @Werner: Clever thinking, though this would seem to be a bug.
    – lockstep
    Nov 29, 2011 at 19:52

2 Answers 2


I have another explanation: My Generalist badge was awarded 17 seconds after the 201st question had been asked.

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    So it seems like "at least" should be interpreted with a little more flexibility. Another example of this is contained within the abbreviated description for the Populist Gold Badge: "Answer outscored an accepted answer with score of more than 10 by more than 2x". From the ultimate list this actually means an outscored answer worth (at least) 23 upvotes compared to (at least) 11 of the accepted answer.
    – Werner Mod
    Dec 1, 2011 at 18:18

It just got assigned to 26 people. Apparently there was some delay in the script. It possibly only runs once a day.

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