This issue is a big one on SO meta right now:

Vox Populi, Civic Duty, and Electorate badges being awarded en masse

I wasn't sure if posting here was a duplicate, but it should be noted that this is happening in Gaming.SE as a result of the change that causes this. I've just earned the badge, and haven't made a single vote today.

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    I just figured they were belatedly realizing that my votes carry the importance of 10 normal votes.
    – Sterno
    Feb 22, 2012 at 23:09
  • @Sterno I guess we can't all be Jon Skeet...
    – PileOfDuty
    Feb 22, 2012 at 23:10
  • @Anna Status-bydesign is kind of confusing because the question title is specifically about "Vox Populi", which did indeed have a bug that has now been addressed.
    – bwarner
    Feb 23, 2012 at 16:04

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As mentioned on the MSO post linked to, 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 was a bug with Vox Populi only that awarded too many of them (beyond the expected more for retroactive awards) and a fix has been deployed. The erroneous awards have been cleaned up.

  • Just to be clear... this issue is still being worked on as of the time of this comment, right? My profile says I've only made 5 total votes, when I've definitely made at least 10 times that.
    – PileOfDuty
    Feb 22, 2012 at 23:23
  • Are you looking at your meta profile instead of your main user profile? Feb 22, 2012 at 23:29
  • Ah, duh, yes I was. It threw me off that my rep from Gaming.SE is shown at the top (is there a separate meta.gaming rep?).
    – PileOfDuty
    Feb 22, 2012 at 23:32
  • @John No. Only Meta SO has separate rep. Feb 22, 2012 at 23:44
  • I tought you coudn't vote more than 30 times for day - still, i won one right now for casting 40 votes. Weird. Feb 24, 2012 at 13:51

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