I accidentally downvoted an answer but quickly undid the action and upvoted it - which I intended to do first anyway. Whilst the reputation has balanced out properly and everything is back to normal, I have now been awarded the "Critic" badge - even though I haven't actually properly downvoted an answer.

Is this intended behaviour (essentially a free bronze badge to those who want it) or a bug?

  • Generally badges, once earned, are never taken back.
    – badp
    Dec 8, 2010 at 12:38
  • I don't think this is too severe an issue... any user of the site is going to cast up- and down-votes and get those badges pretty soon anyway.
    – Wikwocket
    Dec 8, 2010 at 15:18

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This is intended behavior. You cast a downvote, whether or not it stuck. You can do the same with Supporter, for what it's worth.

  • And autobiographer Dec 8, 2010 at 19:16
  • i downvoted plenty of questions/answers and my critic badge is still not awarded
    – lois6b
    Jul 21, 2016 at 8:36

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