The Generalist badge description reads:

Provided non-wiki answers of 15 total score in 20 of the top 40 tags.

There’s a hidden rule about when the badge gets turned on:

One thing the badge doesn't say, is that there must be at least 200 questions in all 40 of the top tags before this badge is awarded to anyone. That's why you won't see it on meta for a bit longer, or any new sites for about a year.

So far, nobody on the main site has been awarded the badge.

But it seems to me that we’ve met the conditions for the badge to be awarded, and have done for a while now:

  • Looking at the tags page, the 40th top tag is [suggested-order], with 202 questions. The most recent question in this tag was July 8th, nearly a fortnight ago, so it’s been >200Qs for a while.
  • At least three of our users (no surprises – DVK, Thaddeus and Richard) all meet the tag badge criterion. It seems like they should have been awarded this badge.

Why hasn’t the badge been awarded yet?

  • 1
    4 x 9 doesn't equal 40.
    – Valorum
    Jul 22, 2015 at 17:59
  • For the record, there are 17 users who seem to qualify for the badge.
    – Valorum
    Jul 22, 2015 at 18:10

2 Answers 2


Update: As of September 13th, 2015 the badges are now being awarded


You've failed to take into account that the tag page is 9 lines long, not 10.

Of the top 40 tags, only 37 38 have over 200 questions and only 36 37 have enough qualifying questions (e.g. non-wiki questions).

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As to when I get my shiny new badge, based on current projections it'll probably be within the next 3 months unless we have some major push on the tags that are bubbling under.

You can keep an eye on the progress using this data search

UPDATE: We now have 38 tags with 200 questions. Two more are required for Generalist to be offered:

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When will the generalist badge start being awarded?

Yesterday: https://scifi.stackexchange.com/help/badges/14/generalist

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