According to the description of the copy editor badge, the requirement is for you to edit 500 posts. I have done that and I don't see the badge. If you look on the users page, you'll notice that both bmike and I have edited more than 500 posts. Why don't I have a badge?

2 Answers 2


There are a few potential reasons:

  • You seem to have recently crossed over the threshold, so the badge simply hasn't been awarded yet. Some badges aren't awarded immediately, but instead with a batch script that's run daily.
  • You edit a lot of tag wikis. It's possible that the /users page tracks all edits, but the badge only counts edits to posts.
  • Maybe only edits to the content of a post are considered for the badge, and while you have 500 edits some are editing the tags of a question instead of the actual content of the post.

These are just speculations, but I'll bet that at least one is true. Just keep editing, you'll get it eventually :)

  • Might the badge only count approved edits while the user page reports suggested edits?
    – bmike Mod
    Commented Nov 11, 2011 at 16:28
  • Ok, thanks! It just didn't make sense to me when I saw it.
    – daviesgeek
    Commented Nov 11, 2011 at 16:51
  • I just got the badge.
    – daviesgeek
    Commented Nov 11, 2011 at 19:10

It has been stated in meta.so (Is the number of edits on the users page the one relevant for the edit badges?) that the edits count in the users page is not relevant for the edit badges. It is said to exclude trivial edits, but it has not been officially stated which are trivial.

Just recently a counter has been added to the right pane of the review page, which shows your progress on edits:

review progress

Reflecting the edit count on the review page to the one on the users page; I can say that retags aren't counted for badges while they are counted on the users page — just checked this.

  • Err, I don't see this counter on the review page?!
    – nohillside Mod
    Commented Nov 13, 2011 at 15:56
  • @patrix maybe it is then only shown to those who are working towards Strunk & White. Commented Nov 14, 2011 at 18:35
  • Well, it turned up in the meantime.
    – nohillside Mod
    Commented Nov 14, 2011 at 19:06
  • @patrix yes there must've been some modifications as also I see the badge process towards Copy editor (and Electorate), which weren't there earlier. Commented Nov 15, 2011 at 9:31

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