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Almost any silver or gold badge results in getting a bronze badge before it (in the middle of the way). For example, a question with 20 up-votes get the nice question silver badge, which means that when it's got to 10 up-votes, it's given the good question bronze badge.

Why this person (the image) in spite of having 92 silver badge and 13 gold badge, only has 21 bronze badge? Is this a bug? What is the explanation behind it?

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Are you looking at Pierre 303?

If I look at one of Pierre's posts, I see the following which seems to match your partial image:

badge counts overflow

It looks like there's too much text on that line that it is getting pushed out of view.

However, if I look at the users page then the full count is visible, 212 not 21.

oh hey 212 not 21


Pierre 303 actually has 212 bronze badges, not 21.

But there are actually several badges that do not have bronze equivalents:

  • Archaeologist: Edited 100 posts that were inactive for 6 months.
  • Beta: Actively participated in the private beta.
  • Enlightened: First to answer and accepted with at least 10 upvotes. This badge can be awarded multiple times.
  • Enthusiast: Visited the site each day for 30 consecutive days.
  • Favorite Question: Question favorited by 25 users. This badge can be awarded multiple times.
  • Generalist: Provided non-wiki answers of 15 total score in 20 of top 40 tags.
  • Guru: Accepted answer and score of 40 or more. This badge can be awarded multiple times.
  • Sportsmanship: Up voted 100 competing answers.
  • Tenacious: Zero score accepted answers: more than 5 and 20% of total.

So it's technically possible to have more silver than copper, and in certain cases—namely when you have a lot of first accepted answers or when your questions are favorited a lot—it's possible for silver to outpace copper, but that's pretty rare (so rare I've never seen it happen).

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