The "Peer Pressure" badge has the requirement of "Delete own post with score of -3 or lower".

There has already been a post here talking about removing it. However, what if a person actually wanted to earn this badge on purpose (we could hypothesize a bunch of reasons why a person would want to do so - being a completionist being one of them)? What is an "okay" way to post a bad answer in such a way that you get enough downvotes on them that is also not so bad that it annoys everyone that reads it?

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    $\begingroup$ If you want to get the badge in earnest, just post a lot of answers that you're confident are of high quality. If you do this enough, maybe one of your well intentioned answers will turn out to be utterly wrong and get to -3 before you can delete it. (Disclaimer: This has not happened to the top 4 reputation earners, but it has happened to the 5th. So, I guess some people are just really good at not writing bad answers. Too bad if that's you, I guess) $\endgroup$ Jun 17, 2016 at 3:02
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    $\begingroup$ +1 because right now this question is at -3. $\endgroup$ Jun 17, 2016 at 4:01
  • $\begingroup$ @MiloBrandt Who is the 5th? Which answer was that? $\endgroup$
    – Did
    Jun 17, 2016 at 5:07
  • $\begingroup$ @Did, I don't know whether robjohn is #5, but he was awarded the badge on 25 May at 8:53. I got one 18 January 2013 at 2:19. $\endgroup$ Jun 17, 2016 at 5:31
  • $\begingroup$ @GerryMyerson Thanks for the information. $\endgroup$
    – Did
    Jun 17, 2016 at 5:32
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    $\begingroup$ @Did If you are wondering whether you have this badge, you can go to your profile page and look at badges tab. If you find the badge you can click on the badge to see more information. In your case, you get here. All I can see there is that you were awarded this badge on Mar 20 '15 at 22:10. I am not sure whether more information is displayed to you. $\endgroup$ Jun 17, 2016 at 12:08
  • $\begingroup$ If you want to find which post was it, you can try to look at your deleted posts to see whether you will find something which was deleted at that time. As explained here, you can do see your deleted posts by searching with the option deleted:1. Since you are interested in particular date, sorting the results by activity might be useful. (Still, if you have many deleted posts, it might be not easy to find the right one.) $\endgroup$ Jun 17, 2016 at 12:08
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    $\begingroup$ @MartinSleziak Wow, you are impressive... Thanks a lot. $\endgroup$
    – Did
    Jun 17, 2016 at 12:30
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    $\begingroup$ @Martin: Ordering by score might be proved to be more productive, when looking for posts deleted with score -3 or lower. $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Jun 17, 2016 at 13:47
  • $\begingroup$ @SubhadeepDey When I wrote: "I am not sure whether more information is displayed to you." I meant on the page showing the badge to the badge owner. About URLs of deleted posts, you are only partially right. Since Did has above 10k reputation points, he can find all his deleted posts, as explained in the answer I linked above. To see deleted posts by other users, you need to have url and 10k+ reputation. $\endgroup$ Jun 18, 2016 at 19:28
  • $\begingroup$ @GerryMyerson: I quickly noticed that the answer for which I got the badge was wrong and deleted it 56 seconds after posting it. However, in those 56 seconds, it was downvoted 3 times. I was amazed at the ferocity with which it was downvoted. $\endgroup$
    – robjohn Mod
    Aug 2, 2016 at 10:48
  • $\begingroup$ After posting my last comment, someone removed their downvote. I didn't know that that was possible on a deleted answer, but apparently it is. $\endgroup$
    – robjohn Mod
    Aug 2, 2016 at 11:02

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Its not that you can earn the 'peer pressure' badge only be deleting a -3 wrong answer. You can get the badge by deleting a -3 wrong question too.

So just ask a small and very ambiguous stupid enough question, get your 3 downvotes quick enough (the stupider the question, the faster the downvotes). People are very quick to downvote but way hesitant to upvote. So getting downvotes should be a cakewalk. Delete your question as soon as you get -3 so as not to waste anyone's time, and get the badge.

Since you got the downvotes fast enough, you wasted less time of others, and you got your badge too.

Source: I have the badge, although I wasn't seeking it deliberately :-) If you have enough reputation, you can even see my deleted question I guess.

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    $\begingroup$ I think this answer supports the idea that the badge should be removed! $\endgroup$ Aug 7, 2016 at 15:55
  • $\begingroup$ I'm more hesitant to downvote than to upvote. Upvoting should be positive! $\endgroup$ Sep 29, 2016 at 20:46

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