Does anyone know what the least awarded badge is?

How many times it has been awarded?


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Excluding gold tag badges, of which 5 are completely unique, the single rarest badge on SFF:SE is the Illuminator Badge which has only been awarded to one (awesome) user.

Edit and answer 500 questions (both actions within 12 hours, answer score > 0).

Three badges have never been awarded (Tenacious, Unsung Hero and Stellar Question). As regards the first two, while it may be mathematically possible to get them, on a site with traffic this high it's deeply unlikely that anyone will actually get them.

The third one (Stellar) is closest to being achieved by In what order should the Star Wars movies be watched? & What order should Asimov's Foundation series be read in?.

If you want to see the current badge counts, they're here

  • How on earth did you get that badge? The mind boggles.
    – KyloRen
    Aug 13, 2016 at 11:01
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    Not in the same 12 hours.
    – Valorum
    Aug 13, 2016 at 11:02
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    @KyloRen you are not the first person I've seen misinterpret that badge, it probably need to be reworded. To get the badge, you have to edit and answer the same question within a 12 hour period; you then have to repeat that process 499 more times within 499 other, possibly different, 12 hour periods.
    – KutuluMike
    Aug 13, 2016 at 11:11
  • @KutuluMike - Yup. Badly worded.
    – Valorum
    Aug 13, 2016 at 11:13
  • @KutuluMike, ahh, now I see. Yes, please reword that.
    – KyloRen
    Aug 13, 2016 at 11:13
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    @KyloRen - He can't. You'd need to raise it on Meta Meta.
    – Valorum
    Aug 13, 2016 at 11:48
  • @Valorum, OK, it must be the same for all of Stack then?
    – KyloRen
    Aug 13, 2016 at 11:55
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    @KyloRen - I believe so.
    – Valorum
    Aug 13, 2016 at 11:56
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    Re Tenacious/Unsung Hero: I don't think "high traffic" is quite the right way of putting it. I got both of those badges with relatively little deliberate effort on SO. It's more like this: scifi.SE is in a "goldilocks zone." If it had higher traffic, some things would drop off the front page before anyone could vote, and if it had lower traffic, some things might not get voted on at all.
    – Kevin
    Aug 14, 2016 at 23:50
  • @Kevin - In fairness it's also about culture. Out of several thousand posted answers, I don't think I've got any that are accepted but have zero votes.
    – Valorum
    Aug 15, 2016 at 0:02
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    Like @Kevin I got "Tenacious" and "Unsung Hero" quite easily on Stack Overflow. I agree that it is about culture; users on SF&F are comparatively generous with their votes.
    – Blackwood
    Aug 16, 2016 at 3:22
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    "one (awesome) user" - cough cough, primarily opinion-based ;-)
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Aug 26, 2016 at 20:35
  • @Randal'Thor - I thought I'd slip that one in there along with the post edit.
    – Valorum
    Aug 26, 2016 at 20:37
  • @Valorum You sneaky Strunk and Whiter, you.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Aug 26, 2016 at 20:40

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