The Populist badge is defined as

Answer outscored an accepted answer with score of more than 10 by more than 2x. This badge can be awarded multiple times.

At the time of this asking, and for several days previous, my answer to this question has had 21 upvotes, while the accepted answer has had 10.

21 is exactly 1 more than 2x the accepted answers score, and the accepted answer has 10 upvotes.

I was looking forward to my first gold badge...did I misread something?

  • Did you get it yet?
    – DampeS8N
    Nov 8, 2011 at 20:50
  • Yes. But I still feel foolish for my lack of reading comprehension.
    – Jeff
    Nov 8, 2011 at 21:04
  • @Jeff and you complain about my spelling ;P Nov 8, 2011 at 23:20
  • I've been waiting for my populist badge too for quite a while. Damn accepted answer doesn't go beyond 10.
    – apoorv020
    Nov 9, 2011 at 4:54
  • 2
    @apoorv020: And you get the badge, and you get the badge! Everyone gets the badge!
    – DampeS8N
    Nov 9, 2011 at 12:23

2 Answers 2


You can see the details in the List of all badges with full descriptions on the main meta site. It clarifies that “more than 10” and “more than 2x” are strict inequalities: the accepted answer needs to have a score of at least 11, and yours at least 23 (or more if the accepted answer has a higher score).


Answer outscored an accepted answer with a score of more than 10

The accepted answer still needs one more vote before you can earn your badge, by my calculation (it is still at 10).

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