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9:26 AM
It is a duplicate of: Can badges be unearned?
However, quid warned that the accepted answer on the duplicate target is out of date.
@MartinSleziak an answer in the linked to post is not up to date (in that the practice of not awarding new badges in case there are "excess" badges got discontinued long ago). I am not sure what is the best course of action. — quid ♦ Oct 28 '15 at 19:53
@quid I am not sure what to do in this situation. If the answer on the old post is outdated (as you said), would it perhaps be better to post answer to the new question and close the older one as a dupilcate?
Of course, the is quite a big probability that the recent question will be soon answered by Glorfindel, who is very active on meta. (And very helpful, thanks to his great knowledge of SE.)
So if he (or somebody else) posts a better answer in the newer question, we can simply close the older one as a duplicate. (Perhaps a comment explaining which part is outdated would be also useful.)
@quid If my answer needs updating, feel free to edit it. (It is CW anyway.) If the other answer needs updating, I'd suggest leaving a comment there. (If possible, with some reference to meta.SE.) Since the answerer is still active on math.SE, I guess they might update the answer or at least add some warning, that the answer is outdated with link to some relevant more recent post(s). — Martin Sleziak Oct 28 '15 at 22:02
 
9:46 AM
In case the question (or some comments) are deleted, we might as well save them here:
Meta Stack Exchange: Is it possible to lose badges? and the section "Can badges be lost/revoked/taken away after they are awarded? If so, how and when?" in the FAQ post: How do “badges” work? And also on this meta: Can badges be unearned? AFAIK the only badges that can be removed are tag badges: Can an awarded tag-badge be withdrawn?Martin Sleziak 23 mins ago
@MartinSleziak Thank you -- is it appropriate for me to delete this question? — Prime Mover 21 mins ago
I have asked one of the mods in chat what would be the best course of action - mainly because they point out some time ago that the accepted answer on the older question might be outdated. — Martin Sleziak 14 mins ago
@MartinSleziak Thank you, I will await advice. — Prime Mover 13 mins ago
 
10:05 AM
@MartinSleziak I have no recollection of what I was referring to back then.
 
 
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11:48 AM
@quid I think that the relevant part of your comment was this: "in that the practice of not awarding new badges in case there are "excess" badges got discontinued long ago".
It seems that it refers to this part of davidlowryduda's answer:
> Then even though you shouldn't have a nice answer badge anymore, you still do. But in this case, you wouldn't be awarded the next nice answer badge.
I have to admit that I do not know exactly how the things work in such cases.
This answer on Meta Stack Exchange says basically the same thing:
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A: Is it possible to lose badges?

AarobotNo, badges are never taken away. That's part of the site's design. However, if you no longer meet the criteria for a badge (say your "great question" got busted back down to 99 votes), then you won't earn another one of those badges until you "catch up."

> However, if you no longer meet the criteria for a badge (say your "great question" got busted back down to 99 votes), then you won't earn another one of those badges until you "catch up."
However, it is from 2010.
But the FAQ post says something different:
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A: How do "badges" work?

SCdFWhat are badges? Badges are awarded to users in recognition of their contributions to the community. There are many ways to contribute, and consequently, there are many badges. There are three ranks of badges. Bronze badges are relatively easy to get, and often help teach users how to use the sys...

In most cases, regular badges, once actually awarded (see the last section), are yours to keep. Even if you no longer meet the criteria to earn the badge (the post was deleted, you got downvoted, the feature was removed, the badge criteria were redefined, etc.), you get to keep your badge. If you qualify for the same badge again (another post earns you a post-related badge, for example), you won't be penalized either (source).
The link in that post goes to: “Nice Answer” badge roulette
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A: "Nice Answer" badge roulette

Nick CraverThe "make up badge" is no longer the case - we will appropriately award badges now for things that qualify as they qualify completely independently of past badges. The old code literally counted badges, did a diff and assigned new ones...all badge queries now get and compare each individual caus...

Now I see that you have mentioned the same thing in a comment under davidlowryduda's answer:
The remark about the "next badge" is no longer true see meta.stackexchange.com/questions/81013/… or the relevant section of meta.stackexchange.com/questions/17853/how-do-badges-work Somewhat separately it may make sense to do some duping or merging with meta.math.stackexchange.com/questions/21815/… Or maybe one keeps them separate for the different emphasis on usual vs tag. — quid ♦ Oct 28 '15 at 22:43
 
 
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8:09 PM
@MartinSleziak ah, I did not recall that. I understood what I had said but did not recall the source or why I knew it. Getting old or wise maybe.
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