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I suggest to add this feature of retroactively gaining badges. Badges that gained based on quantity of visits/answer upvotes etc shouldn't be relied on tracking. For example, say I'm a somewhat new user, and my answer got upvoted while I was tracking the "Informed" badge. I will not receive the "Supporter" badge even though I have at least one answer getting upvoted because I didn't track it; After getting the "Informed" badge and having answers being upvoted, I will not get the "Supporter" badge retroactively even if I then track it, only when one of my answers will get upvoted again. Not cool guys.

Let us gain badges fairly, even retroactively.

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    I don't understand what you mean. Tracking badges has absolutely no effect on whether you get them or not. It's only a trick to let you see your progress, you'll get the badge whether you track it or not. – terdon Jun 26 '16 at 18:20
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is founded on a misunderstanding. – Scott Jul 1 '16 at 6:18
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This isn't how badges work at all, so I think you're confused about something. I never pay attention to the badge tracking feature and I get badges all the time; all tracking does is let you monitor your progress towards a particular badge if you're particularly interested in it. As for "retroactively" gaining badges, that word doesn't seem to apply to what you're talking about, but you can get badges retroactively if they are added to the site and you already qualified for them

  • I don't think we can get badges retroactively - if we did, way more people would have that edit+answer badge (Illuminator?). Or perhaps an exception was made for it. – muru Jun 27 '16 at 6:44
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    @muru Illuminator is a good example, since it was added September 30, 2014 and slm immediately earned it; I suspect he didn't edit/answer 500 questions that same day – Michael Mrozek Jun 27 '16 at 17:22
  • @muru - there were several occurrences over the years where badges were introduced and myself and others instantly got them b/c we'd already met all the requirements and I literally did nothing "new" to get them. – slm Jul 9 '16 at 8:50

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