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No. I think you're reading too much into the name of the badge. For the purposes of the badge, "notable" simply means any question with 2500 views. To some extent, this also reflects the degree to which it is useful to others, since much of the site traffic is generated through links via search engines. Whether the definition meets the everyday definition ...


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There seems to be some consensus on the main Meta site that mentioning participation on StackOverflow is at best a very minor part of one's resume, reserved for the extra-curricular section. StackOverflow, of course, is a general programming site, and therefore it's possible that participation on the site might be something that an employer might be ...


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The reputation is the same because the meta sites are not real Stack Exchange sites in their own right, but really just an attachment to the main sites. By having the same reputation all privileges are always equal on both and you don't have to work your way up again. Also, voting has a different meaning on Meta. The badges are separate, IMHO, to reflect ...


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According to Asking days badges, the Curious badge forms part of a hierarchy of question badges based on the principle that a user Asked a well-received question on X separate days, and maintained a positive question record. Here X represents 5 for the bronze Curious badge ; 30 for the silver Inquisitive badge ; and 100 for the gold Socratic badge The ...


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The line with the bronze badges is getting clipped if it is too long. The HTML code of the website contains the full number "322" which is clipped here to "32". If you look closely to the displayed "2" you see that it gets a little clipped as well. The CSS settings used to style each site is different from SX site to SX site, so e.g. SO seems to not be ...


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I try to keep it at negative one because negative answers are not assesed for being good. Hence it doesn't even make sense to compare a -5 voted q/a with a -1 voted q/a A negative number is enough to draw attention that it is a crappy q/a and makes a point. -17 doesn't always mean the question is wrong. Sometimes the attitude rubs people the wrong way and ...


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Specific to the badges you mention, here are some ways of establishing them: Under any of the statistics pages associated with reviews (for example, the Review Close Votes page), hover over the review progress bar to open up a fly-out that contains the relevant information: As can be seen, this fly-out also contains other badge progress information ...


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You got two badges because you wrote two answers, and both qualify for that badge.


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Reputation related badges Reputation on meta isn't shown, so it's hard to see what happens. Reputation related badges can be achieved, as several people got the Mortarboard badge. Nobody has Epic or Legendary yet, but it should be possible as well. Badges which we cannot get on meta: Bounty related badges You cannot start a bounty on meta because of ...


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The number indicates the number of that specific badge that has been awarded to users on the site. Take the following snapshot as an example: Benefactor: 138 people have awarded a bounty on their own question manually (this badge can only be awarded once). Clicking on the badge shows: Civic duty: 174 people have voted more than 300 times. Clicking on the ...


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In the case at hand, you simply couldn't delete you answer unless the OP revoked his acceptance before. IMO, you also shouldn't delete it because it shows an alternative approach that may be useful for other users (who may face not quite the same, but a similar problem in the future). "Disciplining" yourself rather is a proper course of action if you and ...


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None.


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Nobody knows whether or not there will be a miracle in the future --- Joel Spolsky will give you one euro per point you have.


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I quietly argue in my department and regularly tell colleagues that significant participation in stackexchange sites should count in faculty reviews as service to the scholarly community. I'm sure @egreg's answers here advance science more than does his mathematics, however deep and interesting that may be.


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Some random observations: Many badges are awarded a few seconds after the awarding condition has been met. This is true for most "common" badges like "Nice Question" and "Nice Answer", but possibly also for the rare "Epic" and "Legendary" Badges. Some badges, e.g. "Enlightened", will be awarded in blocks about once every hour. Tag badges will be awarded ...


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The latency depends on the badge. There are scripts which check if the condition for the badge(s) are met and award them. Sometimes the rules of a badge are actually slightly different than it is described and then there might be some internal time limit, i.e. you might need more that twice up-votes then the accepted one for a certain time in order to make ...


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There's a Stack App called StinkingBadges, with which you can track you progress for Legendary and Generalist, and also which posts of yours are approaching a nice/good/great badge.


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As a complement to the answers already given, you should keep in mind that the numbers for these badges seem to be determined uniformly for the entire Stackexchange-2.0 network, of which the representative site is stackoverflow.com. That site has traffic several orders of magnitude greater than this one, which makes the badge dynamics totally different. ...


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The Yearling badge is awarded for being an "Active member for a year, earning at least 200 reputation." However, it can be awarded retroactively if you've been around for a while but only recently started contributing. Here is a view of your reputation over time (data): You triggered the Yearling badge on the following dates, based on your reputation change:...


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I like this question- it's nice to hear that someone else enjoys collecting badges and takes it somewhat seriously. As I understand it, our site is a child of the parent http://stackexchange.com/; we have a lot of siblings about a diverse range of topics- bicycles, parenting, lego, etc, and all of the sites inherit the same badges with the same criteria. ...


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In the list view of questions, certain numbers are rounded. Hover over them and you'll see the actual view count: Visit the actual question and you'll see at the top right of the page:


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It seems to me that this has something to do with the inverted (?) color scheme you're using. Generally, the revamped system works like this: There are two types of messages, inbox and notifications. We’re fiercely protective of the inbox, making sure only actionable things directed at you go into it. Comments, answers, a handful of post notices, ...


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Thanks for the heads up, this will be fixed in the next build. We're consolidating some stray inline <style> blocks (Jin just loves those) from various pages into their correct stylesheets which caused a few hiccups like this.


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Remember that badges are only badges. They are not supposed to mean too much to the community, they mean more to their owner. If you post a question and it gets 2500 views, you get a Notable Question badge, that's it. It is a good motivation for posting well-stated, well-tagged questions since such ones are easier to find. The quality of the question is ...


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Ratio of [Peer Pressure]/[Nice Answer] awarded badges (I take Nice Answer as a measure of the size of the site): StackOverflow (the largest site): 10% Mathematics.SE (significantly large site): 4% TeX.SE (our site): 0.08% Academia.SE (small site still in beta): 2% Conclusions: We are one of the few sites that doesn't really downvote bad questions (well, ...


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It's difficult to tell which, but you may be short on any one of the restrictions in terms of the badge requirements. Here are the edit-related moderation badge descriptions: Editor bronze; awarded once Edit any post Strunk & White silver; awarded once Perform a total of 80 edits between questions, answers, and tag wikis Copy Editor gold; awarded ...


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If you really feel your answer does not deserve being listed first, you have only one option: Make the OP unaccept it and accept the other one. There is no other way how to make the accept answer not to show first. As another option, you can edit your answer and add a first bold line: I believe that the answer by Alan Munn is better then mine, and I ...


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It should be fixed in the next deployment.


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No need to your track your links and to match them with your account. StackExchange just needs that tracking to reward your links if you like, if you used that feature. As Jay said in a StackOverflow blog post, "people will do anything for fake internet points", and also the mentioned badges are such "achievements". Well, kidding, it's about helping people, ...


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