This badge is earned by earning an excess of 200 (What are they?) points in one day. According to the timeline on my account, one day I got 212 points, 100 of that because I was trusted on other sites in the community. Is that why it didn't give me the achievement?

Note - It's not that important to me, I'm just curious.

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    $\begingroup$ On this answer I found this : "Reputation points earned for associating accounts do not count for the badge". Though it doesn't seem to be about the 'regular' badge. $\endgroup$ Feb 17, 2016 at 18:20

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You need 200 points from votes and accepts (+2 and +15 from accepts and +x from bounties count) to gain the Mortarboard badge. The +100 from associating a trusted account does not count.

See this post on Meta Stack Exchange, and also this post.

Moreover, the badges are only calculated every few hours, so even if you did get 200 points from voting, you may not see it for a few hours.

Mortarboard bronze; awarded once
Earn more than 200 reputation in a single day
Reputation points earned for associating accounts do not count for the badge Each "day" lasts from midnight UTC to immediately before midnight, UTC; days are not counted in local time
Exceeding the cap is defined as earning ≥200 reputation in one day from a combination of upvotes and accepts

  • $\begingroup$ Actually the accepted answers (both given and taken, 2 vs. 15) DO count $\endgroup$
    – bowlturner
    Feb 17, 2016 at 18:30
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    $\begingroup$ Interesting, I know the 15 pointers count, I could have sworn the +2 did as well. I thought I had one where I was at 198 and that put me over $\endgroup$
    – bowlturner
    Feb 17, 2016 at 18:32
  • $\begingroup$ I never noticed that. $\endgroup$ Feb 17, 2016 at 18:36
  • $\begingroup$ Hmm, it may have changed.... I'll do some more digging. come to think about it, +2 seem to count towards Epic, so it may count towards Mortarboard as well. $\endgroup$ Feb 17, 2016 at 18:36
  • $\begingroup$ @bowlturner, found a comment here from a diamond on meta stackexchange that suggests you're right. Updated answer. $\endgroup$ Feb 17, 2016 at 18:41
  • $\begingroup$ So I'm not crazy! $\endgroup$
    – bowlturner
    Feb 17, 2016 at 18:43
  • $\begingroup$ I believe the +2 from accepting an answer doesn't count, because that's completely under your control, but the +15 from having an answer accepted does -- that, like votes, is under others' control, so you can't game it trivially. (I had this happen once a year or so ago -- noticed I was at 198 for the day, accepted an answer, and didn't get Mortarboard.) $\endgroup$ Feb 17, 2016 at 18:47

The 100 points for the trusted site bonus doesn't count toward the daily 200 limit.


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