As a general rule on SE, badges are not revoked if you get one and then you lose the qualification for that badge. For instance a Necromancer badge is not revoked if the 5th upvoter removes his vote, nor is the Electorate badge revoked if one's question/answer ratio drops below 1/3. The theory is that the next time you earn said badge you won't get an extra one and the totals even out eventually.

A few weeks ago, someone upvoted many of my answers that had 9 votes, granting me many Nice Answer badges. This upvoting was thereby removed by the fraud detection mechanisms SE has in place to protect against sock-puppeting.

Yesterday I received my 22nd Nice Answer badge for an upvote to this answer, however, I currently only have 17 answers with >10 votes. Why did I get another badge? Maybe when the requirement for the badge is removed by the vote fraud mechanism, the badge counter doesn't notice it?


From Recent feature changes to Stack Exchange (January 2012):

note that losing your qualification for a already-earned badge will (usually?) no longer result in your next badge of the same type being withheld.

  • I wonder why they did that. The old way made sense to me. – Double AA May 20 '12 at 2:46
  • Based on this answer, I'm tagging the question status-bydesign. – msh210 May 20 '12 at 3:14

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