I am wondering if there's a bug or I missed something obvious.

I recently - a few days back - got the (bronze) self-study tag badge (I've had a few others before).

I then noticed in my tag-list that I had more points in the histogram tag, but I have no badge for it. Currently no users have that badge* (two of my answers under this tag have over 70 points between them which is why it's so high for me).

Here's my answers in order of votes if anyone wants to see them.

By my understanding, bronze tag badges are awarded when:

  • The user has 100 points (upvotes minus downvotes) on answers under this tag (check)

  • On at least 20 questions (check)

  • Only non-community-wiki, non-deleted answers are considered

I think I passed the second of the first two requirements maybe a week ago (probably the points boundary was passed second, I wasn't really watching, I know it was close a few weeks back).

"Community-wiki" I hear you thinking. I know I did. But I checked my answers on the tag - I can't find any CW questions or answers among the ones I have answers on, but in any case, even if I missed some, I have been through one by one and I counted over 100 points and over 20 answers without CW or deletion.

(At least one of my answers became CW at one point - I've edited and updated enough times to trigger CW - but that CW was removed on request long ago. I wouldn't think that this would affect the badge though.)

* I note when checking that first link in my question that this page and other badge-related pages have recently changed... but I doubt that could affect anything either.

Edit: I note that only 18 of my answers there have positive points... but again, I don't think it could be that.

I'm not all that worried about the badge, but I'm at a loss to explain what the cause of it is (and if it happens to me for whatever reason, presumably it will occur again, so in that broad sense it's certainly a concern).

I've tried searching meta on SO as well as here but I can't figure out what the issue is.

Did I miss something? Or is there perhaps a bug of some kind?

  • $\begingroup$ If you hover over tags it does say 100 upvotes for at least 20 answers in the tool tip (ambiguous still I know). I went through and upvoted a few of your zero answers (all deserve it!), so that should not be a problem. I thought this wasn't awarded immediately either, but I can't find any meta threads to confirm this. So maybe wait a few days and then see if you still haven't been awarded. $\endgroup$
    – Andy W
    Jun 19, 2013 at 12:46
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    $\begingroup$ From your description, it seems like you may have gone through all of your answers 1 by 1. If so, there's an easier way: Go to your user page & in the little tags section mouseover the number (119) to the left of the tag. A flag will pop up that says the # of non-cw questions w/ total score & the # of non-cw answers w/ total score. $\endgroup$ Jun 19, 2013 at 14:18
  • $\begingroup$ @gung thanks for the pointer. $\endgroup$
    – Glen_b
    Jun 19, 2013 at 22:27

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That one puzzled me several times, too, on another site. It turns out there is an additional requirement over which you have little control: a tag has to appear in at least 100 threads in order to qualify for badges. Presently, has been used only 93 times. Have patience.

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    $\begingroup$ +1, that answers something that puzzled me the other day. I often read down the badges on the main page to check out any nice questions / answers, etc., I may have missed, & I noticed a couple of days ago that @chl got the badge for psychometrics. I thought that was weird, so I went to his page & his score is 215 on 31 questions. I just checked & it seems that we just went over 100 tagged threads. $\endgroup$ Jun 19, 2013 at 14:22
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks very much, puzzle solved. I'm content now; I am sure this question will arise again from others over time, and now I'll know what to say about it. $\endgroup$
    – Glen_b
    Jun 19, 2013 at 22:29
  • $\begingroup$ @gung that's a neat idea; I hadn't thought of that as a strategy for finding good questions and answers. $\endgroup$
    – Glen_b
    Jun 19, 2013 at 22:35
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    $\begingroup$ Embarrassingly, the meta post I linked to with the information on the bronze badge requirements has this information -- just not listed under the requirements for the bronze badge ... but it's right above the bit I referred to. How could I miss it? <Insert sheepish grin> $\endgroup$
    – Glen_b
    Jun 19, 2013 at 22:39

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