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Of course we want the badge. If 1000 people use the link and come here, but 997 of them never come back, we have lost very little. But if the other 3 find out about MO and do become regular participants, then we have gained something. SO ... I don't intend to do it, but if someone wants to get lots of gold badges by this method: Go for it!


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The logic behind the Strunk & White (and the Copy Editor) badge has changed slightly in 2011 (thus after the split between MO and the SE network). See this answer on MSO for details. The changed logic means that fewer edits count towards these badges, which is why the thresholds were lowered. By the old logic, you had over 100 edits that counted, but by ...


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I think you're seeing your Meta badges. If you look from a regular MO page, you should have all your old badges. Edit: Yep, I see 2 gold, 20 silver, and 58 bronze on your MO user page. That enough for you? :)


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Very interesting method. I think that the benefit that 1000 people get to know about the existence of MO far out weight the nuisance that someone gets a yellow dot after their name. As a new user and I am also motivated by the yellow dots, so i know how you feel. It must be like someone can break the game, it is easy to get them, and it is not fun anymore....


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Fixed the phrasing as suggested, as the score for answers is calculated from non-wiki answers - the wiki status of the question they are on is not relevant. With you in the next build (rev 2013.9.26.1037).


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Given that all of these ~2000 badges on the site have been awarded 4 hours ago, it would appear so. Some explanation: Asking days badges, https://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/262301/badges-for-habitually-asking-well-received-questions.


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In fact you have received the enlightened and nice answer badges for this post on July 18 2016. You'll have to scroll a bit down or even go to next page. Here is screenshot from your page listing enlightened badges: Here is screenshot from the page with your nice answer badges: I can see an upvote from July 18 2016 on your reputation tab but not in the ...


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If half the total number of questions asked (including deleted ones) is greater than or equal to the sum total of (1) the number of deleted questions, (2) the number of questions with negative net score, (3) the number of closed questions, then the account has a positive question record. Note: the numbers of (1), (2), (3) are counted separately. Thus a ...


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This bug was reported yesterday, and is now partially fixed. See: Excavator and Marshal badges are being awarded over and over and Extra number of gold badges appearing in profile. The consensus from the moderaters seems to be that this should be fixed by tomorrow. For example, Oded states "This should get cleared up by a nightly job - lets see what it ...


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From this MSO post: The Precognitive badge appears in the badge list on every site to announce the presence of Area 51, and its primary function. Since Area 51 is itself about creating new sites that don't exist yet, the thought process is supposed to be: hmm, I can't get [the precognitive badge] on this site, but I could get it on some ...


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What is better, to erase/hide mistakes from the past, or leave them and learn from them? The question was asked years ago, when the MathOverflow forum was hardly a year old, and the community was still working out what made an acceptable balance of professional and popular questions. That the question you mention is still around is because it got some ...


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Well, it's quite simple. Just look at answering questions as a kind of "competition" between answerers. If the same question has several answers, the answerers are competing with each other, and the answer with most upvotes is on top. (Well, usually - it depends on how user chooses to sort the answers, but this seems to be the most frequently used setting.) ...


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"publicity" is an important/integral part of scientific research and thereby also mathematical research, but it seems there are not that many scientists and mathematicians who are known to especially epouse it. there are rare exceptions. Carl Sagan comes to mind as a great model/mass popularizer of science who was still held in high esteem within the ...


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Your post touches on several questions - probably the most important is the question who can edit help center and how can regular users contribute. Who can edit help center? As a rule, most parts of the help center can be edited only by Stack Exchange staff. Some stuff can be edited by site moderators - a more detailed description can be found here: What ...


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