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I have 5 different questions all with positive score, when I look at the page that lists the badges that I haven't not received yet then Curious is listed, even though I have 5 questions with positive score. enter image description here

This seems like a bug, has anyone tried this before? It has been like this for a couple of days now.

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This isn't a bug, it's a misunderstanding about what "positive question record" means. This is somewhat confusing, so you're not alone! It does not mean that the five questions you asked must have a positive score. It means that we count your total questions and subtract questions that are somehow "bad", including deleted ones.

The formula for this is:

(total questions - negative questions - closed - deleted)/total questions >= 0.5

Yes, a question that is closed, deleted and downvoted counts against you three times. Even if you were aware of this formula, it can be somewhat difficult to figure out your record for yourself if you have deleted questions that you're unaware of or forgot about - which you do.

You have 27 total questions of which 4 are closed, 15 deleted and 1 has a negative score.

(27 - 4 - 15 - 1) / 27 = (27 - 20) / 27 = 7/27 = 0.26

0.26 is less than 0.5 so you do not have a positive question record.

Note that deleted questions, in particular, are a real problem for your record! If you don't need to delete a question - don't!

If you figure the answer out yourself, write an answer so that the community can benefit. If your question doesn't get an answer, that's OK. Having unanswered questions gives others something to solve; there may be a solution, eventually. There are, certainly, times that a question can't be fixed and should be deleted but that's generally a signal to slow down and double check things before asking.

You even deleted an answered question, which means you're preventing the person who took the time to answer for you from benefiting the site. This includes duplicate questions. Something being a duplicate doesn't mean that it can't be useful to others.

If you don't undelete any of your questions and you don't have any more closed, downvoted or deleted, you'll get the badge when you have asked 40 questions.

  • Thank you for the detailed answer. Now it makes sense. I never understood what the maintain a positive question record meant. – Jdrupal Jul 8 at 7:18
  • Is there a way to get all deleted questions? – Jdrupal Jul 8 at 7:20
  • @Jdrupal These are the IDs of yours: 260352, 260305, 248774, 246155, 246046, 245241, 243851, 242541, 242077, 241911, 241891, 228709, 228319, 228293. Navigate to drupal.stackexchange.com/questions/<id> and you'll be able to see them. There's a list of recently deleted questions in your profile page, but none of yours are classed as recent – Clive Jul 10 at 18:04
  • Thank you @Clive, after doing some research I found out that its only possible to find deleted posts one a user reaches 10k, reputation. So there's still some way to go :) – Jdrupal Jul 10 at 18:06
  • @Jdrupal I believe you can view your own deleted posts at any reputation, it's just finding them that can be difficult – Clive Jul 10 at 18:07
  • Yes, that was what I meant. – Jdrupal Jul 10 at 18:08
  • HAHA, its fun to look back at some of my old questions, thought that I could revive some of them, but they are actually really bad. – Jdrupal Jul 10 at 18:15
  • Yeah I've got a couple of answers like that from the early days on Stack Overflow - quite embarrassing to look back on! – Clive Jul 10 at 18:31
  • @Clive, talking about old questions. Is it by any chance possible to get them permanently deleted from the DA database? – Jdrupal Jul 17 at 18:49
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    @Jdrupal No. We've only ever deleted like two questions from the database ever in the history of the network. We ... just don't do that. That said, what's your intent in asking that? What are you trying to achieve? :) Also, thanks Clive for posting the question IDs. I missed the ping. – Catija Jul 17 at 18:51
  • @Jdrupal It may be worth considering looking at someone's "recent" record rather than all-time. :) Say, last two years? Or only count the most recent (~15-20?) questions? A lot can change and people can learn a lot in that time. Right now it is a bit of a scarlet letter that's (admittedly) difficult to overcome. – Catija Jul 17 at 18:58

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