The first bug I noticed was that I have a question Java (1.6.0_15) not working on Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.2). Why? that has been viewed over 1000 times yet I never got the Popular Question badge? If you check here you can see what I mean.

The second bug would be that "I think" I should have the Electorate badge by now with over 980+ up votes? Again I said "I think" because I have no way of checking the statistics. I have checked other users too that have upvotes in the 1000+ range and they also have not got this badge so I am wondering if there is a bug or the 25% on questions has not yet been achieved?

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No bug; you have a deleted question for which you probably already earned that second badge "early".

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The count is correct. Two non-deleted questions with 1k views, two Popular Question badges.

  • Thank you for the clarification on that.
    – ricbax
    Nov 18, 2010 at 13:50
  • However if you look here the Java related question is not present: superuser.com/badges/26/popular-question?userid=14390
    – ricbax
    Nov 18, 2010 at 21:47
  • @ricbax the badge count is synced, so 2=2 (you need two, you already have two) and it won't award again. One of those was awarded on the now-deleted question. Nov 18, 2010 at 21:51
  • I understand what you are saying Jeff, but by following the link provided and seeing the 2 actual awarded badges, shouldn't it be the 2 non-deleted questions? At the moment it shows the 1 non-deleted and the 1 deleted.
    – ricbax
    Nov 18, 2010 at 23:12

The badges are run as part of a batch process, so give it some time, perhaps it will pick it up.

Electorate requires that you vote on 600+ questions and 25% of total votes are on questions.

Voted on 600 questions and 25% or more of total votes are on questions.

Are you sure your votes meet that criteria ?

  • Is there a viewable schedule of when batches are run? Like I said "I think" according to my written stats (yes I keep track on paper) I should be there or pretty darn close. I did another look of other profiles that have it and some superusers have 2000+ and just received it. I usually vote more for questions than answers which should cover the 25%. As for the first bug I will monitor for the remainder of the month and revisit this question if no change.
    – ricbax
    Nov 17, 2010 at 17:34
  • Is there a viewable schedule of when batches are run - Not to my knowledge. I did another look of other profiles that have it and some superusers have 2000+ and just received it. - trivia - I received my electorate badge around ~ 1800 votes range - but then again, that's my voting pattern of having voted on more answers than questions ( since I'm pretty liberal with voting on answers, esp. since a question is more likely to have multiple answers)
    – Sathyajith Bhat Mod
    Nov 17, 2010 at 17:40

Some badges do take some time to appear due to the batch processing of some badges. I believe the "Electorate" badge is one of those. Mine took a long time to show up also, so it should show up eventually as long as you met the 25% requirement.

In responce to the "Popular Question" badge, looking at your profile. You have 2x of the "Popular Quesition" badges and you have 2 questions with over 1000 views. There is a old question of yours that is deleted also that had over 1000 views. I have not seen a case of badges being reversed, but it may explain why it is not awarding any new ones.


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