Idle question: "Generalist" was one of the badges that nobody had, and now suddenly a whole bunch of us were awarded it. Was there some hidden time-related condition on it that the site met? Or did someone merge a bunch of tags?

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The engine only starts awarding Generalist badges once the top 40 tags have at least 200 questions each. Reg tagged and re-tagged a lot of stuff this morning. Thanks, Reg.

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    More like the last two weeks. And still work in progress. In fact, in two tags we've fallen below the threshold again (some old stuff got deleted).
    – RegDwigнt
    Commented Oct 22, 2012 at 14:18
  • Ah! The "minimum number of questions" part is what I was wondering. Thanks, Kit & Reg!
    – Marthaª
    Commented Oct 22, 2012 at 14:22
  • @RegDwighт It does appear that gaining badges works both ways. I still have the Notification "You've gained the Meaning badge" but it no longer appears in my profile. :-(
    – Andrew Leach Mod
    Commented Oct 26, 2012 at 6:20
  • @Andrew: Tag badges, as opposed to other badges, can be revoked — for no other reason that tags themselves can go the way of the dodo. However, since the "meaning" tag is still around, soon enough you'll qualify for that badge again and will get it back.
    – RegDwigнt
    Commented Oct 26, 2012 at 10:07

Also see the data.stackexchange query “Is the site ready for the Generalist Badge?”. It shows question counts for the top 40 tags on a site. The database the numbers are drawn from is updated monthly. The last few lines of the already-obsolete present view are shown below.

Tagname        Uses   Questions Needed with this Tag...

adverbs        269    -69
history        232    -32
tense          222    -22
word-order     210    -10
articles       190    10
writing        174    26
capitalization 169    31
possessive     159    41
antonyms       157    43
abbreviations  157    43
conjunctions   153    47
sentence       148    52

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