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I logged in to MO this morning and was shocked to discover that I finally had been awarded a gold badge: the populist badge. Unfortunately, I can't figure out what answer it was awarded for so I don't know what to delete to get rid of it. It looks like I'm stuck with it.
In compensation, it appears that my badge numbers make a nice pattern: 1,36,100 so it's not all bad news.
Andrew: Gil Kalai recently accepted an answer to question 54232, "A book you would like to write". At the time of this writing, the accepted answer has 11 votes, and yours has 60.
As far as I understand, if you delete the answer, you will not lose the badge, unless Anton asks the people at stackexchange to remove it. I seem to recall a meta thread where Anton mentioned that this step was needed for him to lose the extra badges that arose from the moderator elections.
Thanks for the detective work!
(I wouldn't delete an answer just to get rid of a badge, even on a "soft" question.)
My understanding is that badge recalculation is normally only done when said badge is awarded. So that if Andrew deletes his answer, and somehow wins himself yet another populist badge, then normalcy would be automatically returned (showing 1 populist badge total) unless he tries to restart the process again.
Omigod! I checked my account and discovered that I have the worst possible gold badge.
Is there an aqua regia badge?
Andrew: It could be worse. I only have one gold badge -- the populist, or, "please, go get a life and do something other than use mathoverflow all the time" badge. I just checked, and it is for logging in every day for 100 consecutive days, which I was awarded approximately 100 days after mathoverflow started. In my defence, I just kept my iphone logged in to mathoverflow while doing other stuff, but I'd still gladly swap it for something (anything) else.
Is someone going to start a badge-to-scotch barter business? I am willing to trade my badges...
You are describing the fanatic badge, George; the one I termed the worst possible gold badge.
If you find a good therapist please pass his or her name along.