Does this mean my account has been hacked somehow? or is there something wrong with the system? As I understand it the Vox Populi badge gets awarded when you've used the maximum of 40 votes in a day.

... and now I see a bunch of other people just earned this badge so I suspect this is a bug. But still, it's a bit nervous-making. :)


  • Not sure what's going on, but I just earned it both here and on Stack Overflow. Probably a hiccup in the system ...
    – EAMann
    Commented Feb 22, 2012 at 22:44
  • Me, too. Phantom voting FTW! Commented Feb 22, 2012 at 22:49
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    I thought I actually did some voting in my sleep or something. Commented Feb 22, 2012 at 23:35

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We just deployed a change that affects the voting badges. This is why you see a number of these badges being awarded.

For more information about this change, you can see this answer.

Note that there is a bug with Vox Populi only that is awarding too many of them, beyond the expected more for retroactive awards, and a fix is being deployed now. The erroneous awards there will be cleaned up shortly.

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    It's gone! Stinkin' badges. :-) thanks
    – Michelle
    Commented Feb 23, 2012 at 0:39

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