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What does the background color of a badge mean?

Silver badges are Tag badges As can be seen on the Badges page. All other badges come up as black. The reason you have no gold badges that are silver is because you haven't answered enough questions ...
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Why do we have no 'Stellar' questions?

There are two factors at play here Number of users. As mentioned in Valorum’s answer, Stack Overflow has a hundred times as many users as we do. Usefulness of answers. On a site like Stackoverflow ...
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Why am I not getting the curious badge?

You also have seven deleted questions. (You can't find them using search since you have less than 10k rep, but you will be able to see them if you're given the links. Let me know if you want me to ...
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How does the "curious" badge work (conditions to be earned)?

For Curious you need to ask 5 questions on 5 separate days which have a positive score. For Inquisitive, the number of question and days is 30 and for Socratic they are 100. You wouldn't receive the ...
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When will the generalist badge start being awarded?

Update: As of September 13th, 2015 the badges are now being awarded https://scifi.stackexchange.com/help/badges/14/generalist You've failed to take into account that the tag page is 9 lines long, ...
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What is the least awarded badge?

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 ...
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Why don't I have "Beta" badge?

The beta badge is for active participation in the private beta. You participated in the public beta, but you joined over a month after the private beta was over.
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How can I earn the Cleanup badge?

"Rollback" means rolling a post back to a previous version of itself. You can do this by looking in the revision history of any post and clicking the "rollback" button on an earlier revision. Note ...
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Do closed questions earn the Famous Question badge?

Yes. You'll find several cases of this around the network. See, e.g., on Meta.SE, Why do questions closed as too specific count for question badges (e.g. Famous)?. For a random example, see on ...
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Why can't I track progress towards a [mass-effect] tag badge?

Per the main Meta post on tag badges: What tags are eligible for badges? A tag must appear on a minimum of 100 questions to be eligible for tag badges. We currently have 68 mass-effect questions, so ...
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Is it possible to lose badges?

Not unless it’s a tag badge or foul play was involved. From the Meta SE FAQ How do "badges" work?: What can cause a badge to be lost/revoked/taken away after it is awarded? The Stack ...
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"Yearling badge" reputation?

It doesn't have to be your anniversary for the Yearling badge to be awarded. Based off this Meta FAQ (specifically this answer), when you meet the requirement for the Yearling badge, you will get it ...
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Editing tags on old questions that I've answered

General retagging: The main problem with doing what you propose is that any edited question shows up as "new" content for people who view the site in the "new content first" mode - that includes both ...
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Why do we have no 'Stellar' questions?

I'd suggest it's mostly down to the size of the user-base Stack Overflow = 5.9m users. SFF:SE = 40k users It's also the reason why it's possible for a question to have 15,000 upvotes and over 7000 ...
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Strunk and White progress link leads to 404 page

The button is gone, so this is no longer a problem:
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What constitutes a 'well received question'?

The problem doesn't seem to be that question, but the other one you posted on the same day. You asked two questions on December 31st (that I can see; I don't know if you have any deleted questions on ...
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What are the exact requirements for tag badges?

This is covered on the main meta site here; List of all badges with full descriptions To answer your specific points; No, answers that are at zero still count toward the total. Yes, answers to ...
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Why is there a Disciplined badge as well as Peer Pressure?

Sometimes, score doesn't reflect actual post quality. Maybe an answer got upvoted and then you realised it was wrong. Deleting poor content even if it loses you some rep points is perhaps even more ...
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Why am I not getting the curious badge?

If you track the badge on your profile page it will say something like: need positive question record Presumably you have some deleted questions and they are negatively scored and/or closed. You ...
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There should be a badge for Q&As that receive unwarranted negative votes

I think there's a confusion here which could be clarified: the voting process, the acceptance feature, the closing process, and the deletion process have little overlap in terms of purpose or criteria....
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There should be a badge for Q&As that receive unwarranted negative votes

I don't see any need for this, and I don't see how you could define "meets all other site criteria" and "a genuine question." Both processes - downvoting and voting to close - are in place for good ...
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Bronze badge count gets truncated on the badge page

This appears to have been fixed by the recent CSS update to the user flair box: Chrome 47, Windows 8.1
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What's going on with the "Marshal" badge?

Oops. Looks like someone at SE Towers pressed the wrong button/s. Excavator and Marshall badges are being awarded over and over We just did a major revamp of how badges are awarded behind the scenes ...
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Why does the "next badges" progress display sometimes appears in the "recent achievements" dropdown and sometimes not?

They were A/B testing it as a new feature. Anna Lear commented on Meta.SE on September 6th: We're A/B-testing this tracker right now. Assuming it performs well, we'll put more time into "congrats! ...
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Why do we have no 'Stellar' questions?

We have one now. What order should Asimov's Foundation series be read in? reached 100 users who favorited it in April of last year.
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