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Has any question on ELU ever received three gold badges: 10,000 views; 100 upvotes; and 100 favorites? The question, Which word begins with "y" and looks like an axe in this picture?, is close, and I am rooting for it.

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    Probably this one: english.stackexchange.com/questions/48/… and this one english.stackexchange.com/questions/1155/… and this one english.stackexchange.com/questions/2116/… , while this one is close to getting the third star english.stackexchange.com/questions/9780/… – user66974 Jul 3 '17 at 5:49
  • Also english.stackexchange.com/questions/21846/… – user66974 Jul 3 '17 at 5:55
  • And this one, which is closed english.stackexchange.com/questions/1482/…. And that is IT. – ab2 Jul 3 '17 at 6:05
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    The interesting thing is though, from a statistics point of view, all five stellar badges were awarded at least three or more years after the questions were posted. They accumulated 100 favourites over a much longer span of time than the Y question. So, it's still set to break a new record. – Mari-Lou A Jul 3 '17 at 8:20
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    The Y-question now has three close votes. Madness! – ab2 Jul 3 '17 at 13:07
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    @ab2 I believe you mean three yellow badges :) – Dan Bron Jul 3 '17 at 14:33
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    @DanBron It's not yellow; it's three yxa badges. I know a guy who can explain how it's yxa. ;P – NVZ Jul 3 '17 at 19:07
  • 99 favourites. Only onee more "favourite" is needed and it's a stellar badge. The seventh badge awarded out of 86 thousand questions, quite an achievement. And the question is currently at second position, for the highest upvoted post. – Mari-Lou A Jul 5 '17 at 9:52
  • The most difficult and rarest badge has to be Reversal. Maybe it's been awarded on StackOverflow, (don't know), but it will never be earned here, that's for sure. – Mari-Lou A Jul 5 '17 at 9:58
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    Posting the link because a reversal badge was awarded but also because the story is really good! Academia has great life stories academia.stackexchange.com/questions/45036/… – Mari-Lou A Jul 5 '17 at 10:14
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    @Mari-LouA The question beat all sorts of benchmarks, the gold badge hat trick is the cherry on top. What a fun ride. – Dan Bron Jul 5 '17 at 12:05
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    @gmauch Don't accept or not-accept any answers based on badges. Accept the answer that helped you most (that's what "accepting" is supposed to mean), or none if you feel like it. Thank you for your gratitude, but I've been more than repaid by the post's general reception. If it helps you, when the answer's score hit 100, I earned the relatively rare gold "great answer" badge. That said, if you visit the chat room where comments under my Q were moved, you'll see a user found definitive evidence the clipart was intended to be Swedish; I need to update my post. But we have the "correct" A. – Dan Bron Jul 5 '17 at 16:46
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    @gmauch There are answers for every stage of his life. As a toddler, teach him yellow. When he is older, and you want to teach him to question the obvious, introduce him to the answers of Draakhond and and PaulP51D. When he has to write a serious term papers, he should look at Theraot and 1006a. When he has to write his senior thesis in college, Dan Bron. He may be utterly sick of the ball by then. :) – ab2 Jul 5 '17 at 17:09
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    @gmauch Haha, the irony! My arch-enemy, yellow. I agree of the options, it's the most useful answer for your application. ;) – Dan Bron Jul 5 '17 at 17:11
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    @gmauch Please don't accept the yellow answer. I think that would disappoint many people. – ab2 Jul 5 '17 at 21:46
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As of July 5th, 2017, there are seven questions on ELU with three gold badges. They are:

1. Is there a correct gender-neutral singular pronoun ("his" vs. "her" vs. "their")?

266 net upvotes///62,062 views///103 favorites///Aug 2010 date posted

2. What is the rule for adjective order?

253///102,462///167///August 2010

3. When should I use an em-dash, an en-dash, and a hyphen?

226///301,331///122///August 2010

4. Did English ever have a formal version of "you"?

366///103,924///100///January 2011

Note: This question was at 97 or 98 favorites when the OP asked the Meta question on July 3rd.

5. How do the tenses and aspects in English correspond temporally to one another?

132///34,381///152///April 2011 [more favorites than votes]

What are your favorite English language tools? [closed]

128///12,081///148///August 2010 [more favorites than votes]

7. Which word begins with "y" and looks like an axe in this picture?

378///81,189///101///June 23, 2017

As @Mari-Lou A noted:

The interesting thing is though, from a statistics point of view, all five [six: one more made the list] stellar badges were awarded at least three or more years after the questions were posted. They accumulated 100 favourites over a much longer span of time than the Y question.

Thanks to @Josh, who compiled the list in his comments.

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    To split hairs, it's the users who asked the questions that got the badges. – kiamlaluno Jul 8 '17 at 10:52

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