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What is the mechanism for earning the 'Publicist' badge?

Every so often, I get a popup in a question that says 'earn the publicist badge by creating a link to ...'. The badge page explains "Publicist" means "Shared a link to a question that ...
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How does one share a link to a hot question? [duplicate]

Message: "share a link to this hot question to earn the publicist badge". How does one do this?
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Yearling badge was not awarded?

This is my first post on Meta and my second interaction ever, but on the main site I have been somewhat active for a full year now. I love this site, so many insightful answers and intriguing ...
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Why am I not getting the Inquisitive badge

Why am I not getting the Inquisitive badge$?$ I completed the criteria nearly one and a half weeks ago but still the badge isn't coming. Is it a glitch from M.SE's side or something else.
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Is it possible to not accept a badge?

I'm close to meeting a certain goal that will award me a gold badge. Meeting such goal is out of my control (think of badges awarded when getting a certain number of upvotes or saves). I'd prefer not ...
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What's wrong with my 'Curious' badge? [duplicate]

A partial screenshot of my MSE profile is as follows: As one can see, I have already fulfilled the threshold to be awarded the 'Curious' badge, but it was never awarded to me. What's going on? Please ...
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Criteria for "Populist" Badge

Highest scoring answer that outscored an accepted answer with score of more than 10 by more than 2x. This badge can be awarded multiple times. This is what is written in badge info which confused me ...
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My badges showing great fluctuations

Just now I saw the number of the badges go down from 13 to 5 then back to 13 and for now it shows 6. Why is this happening? Also, along with that, the number of people reached and votes cast is also ...
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Excavator badge not being awarded

I edited an answer that was inactive for more than 6 months, but wasn't awarded the Excavator badge. Why? Although it is not specified in the badge criteria, but does the post being negatively scored ...
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Hide reputation and badges

The greatest tension in this website is that StackExchange is designed to be "gamified", rewarding users who answer questions well with little positive reinforcements that they helped people....
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Adding a "Bounty Hunter" badge?

I apologize in advance if this question seems frivolous. Is adding badges up for discussion? If so, would the community be receptive to a "Bounty Hunter" badge? For example, it could be a gold ...
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Getting a tag badge that I already had

Today, I earned the normed-spaces silver tag badge. And not only me: as you can see here, the same thing happened to two other users. The problem is that all three ...
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Yearling badge awarded too often?

I was just awarded the "Yearling" badge on MSE for the fifth time in the past month. I'm a bit confused as to why this is happening. A screenshot is provided as evidence. My account was ...
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Formatting of badges is not proper - a possible bug?

Today while searching for badges I found that some of the badges specially with long name aren't formatted rightly. For example- Another example- One more example where description of tag is about ...
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Why don't we have a Reputation per Number of Posts statistic in our profiles?

Wouldn't a "Reputation per Number of Posts" stat on our profiles, and a possible badge for some minimum amount of the same, discourage low-quality and/or spam posts? The reason I ask for ...
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Badge award reason

A couple of days ago, I was awarded the "refiner" badge ["Edit and answer 50 questions (both actions within 12 hours, answer score > 0"]. But in the last couple of weeks, I've ...
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Glitch Discovered During Downvote. I Gained the “Critic” Badge for Upvoting and then Downvoting my Own Question on my Own Account. Second Time.

Here is proof that I downvoted my own question, and now have the critic badge, even though for a split second, the vote goes down, but then the background code makes it impossible for this occurrence: ...
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Retired vs. Not Retired Badges

I was taking a look at the list of badges, and I couldn't figure out why some badges are retired, while others are not. The retired badges are: Analytical: Visited every section of the FAQ Reversal: ...
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I am unable to see all the possible badges, where can I find them?

I am trying to look for the Unsung Hero Gold badge. First, I go to my profile on the main MSE and go to activity. Then, I hit the gear icon here to get to the badge area Here I am! Now, I hit the ...
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Can badges be unearned?

For example, say someone gets the Unsung Hero badge for 10 or more zero score accepted answers, and 25% of total. Now, say someone goes and votes for some of their zero score accepted answers. Do ...
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If conditions change, are badges revoked if the condition no longer applies?

I've recently earned "tenacious", because a fair number of answers of mine have been accepted but have zero score. However, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that certain of these ...
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Earned Steward badge twice for the same queue

Just like the title suggests: I was just awarded the Steward badge for Close Votes & Low Quality Posts, although I already got them like 6 months ago. My guess is this is a bug, as they are meant ...
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Tag badges "re-awarded"?

Yesterday I was awarded a whole bunch of tag-badges. However, I already held them all. It seems that I have been re-awarded all of my tag-badges for some reason, but, from what I can see, noone else ...
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What is the name of the (now removed) tag for which this Taxonomist badge has been awarded?

In the list of awardees of the Taxonomist badge, Yujie Zha has been awarded this badge for a "no longer available" tag. I wonder what's the name of this removed tag.
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Informed badge already achieved, but badge is still being aimed.

So there is this user that I found on MSE who turns out was suggesting edits on my posts, and I went to check his profile, and wow. It seems like he has achieved his 'Informed' badge but it is still ...
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Flagging WHYT on deleted posts

Background info The comment "what have you tried" has been banned on the SE network, and it's removable by a single flag. Motivation The Marshal badge is awarded to users who have raised 500 ...
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Clarification of meaning of $3$ badges

I'm a bit confused about meaning of certain badges: $1$. A badge is said to be rewarded for "First bounty you manually award on another person's question". Shouldn't this description be &...
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Why don't my gold badges show up in my profile?

In my Badges list, I have 1 gold badge (Famous Question). In the "select your next badge" popup it said I have earned only one gold badge (Electorate), and the Famous Question badge doesn't ...
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Famous Question badge awarded very late

My question, asked on Math.SE, linked here, has 12k views at the time of asking this question, but I am not awarded the Famous Question badge until a few minutes after this question was originally ...
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Do the Lifejacket and Lifeboat badges encourage bad behaviour?

I've been noticing that occasionally poorly written questions that clearly go against the guidelines for writing good questions still receive answers, sometimes numerous answers. Mostly I will simply ...
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What are the Moderation/Editing/Participation badges?

For each candidate for the election, the number of badges Moderation/Editing/Participation are listed. Going the badges section of the help center did not help in figuring out exactly which badges ...
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There should be a badge for sufficient number of accepted answers

Just the other day I was counting my answers which are accepted with great enthusiasm and with a belief that there is a badge for 10 accepted answers or 30 accepted answers. But unfortunately there ...
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Edits on tag wikis counted for Copy Editor?

I was cleaning up and expanding the blurbs on several tag wikis when I noticed that the edits I'm performing on them seem to count towards my progress on the Copy Editor badge, which explicitly ...
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Shouldn't the "impossible" badges be removed?

You can't set bounties on meta sites So why are there still those 4 bounty related badges!? P.S. I definitely wasn't going to waste atleast 100 reputation points just to get atleast two badges that no ...
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How do you get the organizer badge?

How do you get the organizer badge? It says it's awarded for carrying out your "first retag" but I'm not exactly sure what that means.
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Can I forsake my superpowers?

I have been slowly collecting gold-badge super-powers in a few categories. I am not comfortable with them. I like to be able to vote on a post, and make the community aware of it and either agree or ...
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Bad badge: Tumbleweed

I don't understand this badge: Tumbleweed: Asked a question with no votes, no answers, no comments, and low views for a week. In this question: This ODE $(\dot x,\dot y)=(f(x),g(x)y)$ has only one ...
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Encouraging duplicate hunters

There are more and more duplicates on this site, but sometimes it is time consuming to find an earlier source. Now, there is a variety of moderation badges for editing, voting, reviewing, raising ...
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Why were all the "triangles" bronze tag badges "Awarded Mar 25 at 4:00"?

Sometimes I like to appreciate the smaller things in life. Like how the bronze tag badge for the triangles tag contains a triangle: Nice! But, what surprised me is that they're all awarded at the ...
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Change in computation of "Announcer" badges?

I just received seven Announcer badges in math.se (plus one in MathOverflow) ... Coincidence? Was the method of computing them changed? A whole bunch of people suddenly followed all my links? ...
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Earning a badge [duplicate]

Is it normal that I've completed the requirements (MSE acknowledges it) of a badge but didn't receive it? Or this is just a bug? Here is how it looks like in my profile: The thing is the number of ...
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The Unsung Hero badge

The criterion for this badge isn't making sense to me. Please correct me if you think I am going about this wrong. The criterion given is this: "More than 10 accepted answers with score 0 and 25% ...
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What is a positive question record?

What is a positive question record? Some of the badges need positive question record what is it? And how can I earn it?
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Difficulty of getting review badges

I like to feel like I'm a fairly helpful member of MSE, even if I don't have a lot of time to spend on it. But I'm befuddled by the difficulty of obtaining the "Custodian" badge! Complete ...
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Pundit awarded by mistake?

I just obtained the Pundit badge, so out of curiosity I wanted to have a look at the comments that were responsible for that. I used this query, and it turned out that only 6 comments have the ...
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I do not get my Curious badge [duplicate]

It is the first time I ask something on Meta, so I hope this question is suitable. It seems like I have been 'curious' enough, asking 5 well received questions, but I do not get the corresponding ...
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How is the Reversal badge awarded to this trigo question?

The Help Center shows the requirement. Provide an answer of +20 score to a question of -5 score. This badge can be awarded multiple times. In the timeline of the most recent question on the list, ...
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Change the Taxonomist badge to exclude self-edited questions

As we are increasing in size and in number of users, we start to see more often users which have enough reputation to create a tag, and without much oversight, they go on a spree to add that to 50+ ...
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Is it possible to lose the electorate badge?

Electorate: Vote on 600 questions and 25% or more of total votes are on questions. Is it possible to lose this badge after having earned it? For example, I just earned the badge, and I’ve cast a ...
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Badge for editing 80 posts is not functioning?

I think the badge Strunk and White for editing 80 posts doesn't upgrade my editing posts anymore while I'm at 78/80. I've edited yesterday 5 posts after I've reached the 78 posts and today I did 2 ...