Okay, what am I missing?

For the Explainer badge I need:
Edit and answer 1 question (both actions within 12 hours, answer score > 0)

For How can you use an army of dimunitive soldiers effectively?

I edited the question and it was approved Nov 26 at 18:17. Then I posted an answer Nov 26 at 18:27 (with an edit Nov 26 at 19:49). I have a score of 4.

The question is currently on hold but I completed these things and got the score before that happened and didn't get the badge.

I'll also note that this badge was awarded only 228 times ever, which seems extremely low to me for something not that hard to get.

So either there's a bug or there's some criteria that isn't stated in the description. What's up?

  • $\begingroup$ The reason it's not common is that very few people systematically edit other people's posts. See how few Strunk and White or Copy Editor have been awarded. $\endgroup$
    – Separatrix
    Nov 30, 2018 at 9:41
  • $\begingroup$ Sure, but the Editor badge (doing your first edit) was awarded 7300 times. While only 39 of those people went on to edit at least 80 times, I bet a lot did it twice or even 10 times. But I guess it's just the way of it...I checked the stats at Writing.SE and the proportions are similar. $\endgroup$
    – Cyn
    Nov 30, 2018 at 16:34

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The badge is awarded after a job runs, and it is not awarded for answers on questions that have been suspended. Seems like the question was put on hold before the job found your answer in there.

If you want to check your progress for this badge and its silver and gold followups, run this query.

  • $\begingroup$ Useful info, thanks. How often do jobs run? $\endgroup$
    – Cyn
    Nov 30, 2018 at 15:29
  • $\begingroup$ @cyn I got no info on that... But I believe some arw daily and some are hourly. $\endgroup$ Nov 30, 2018 at 18:11
  • $\begingroup$ @Cyn This particular job runs daily, end of day. You only get question credit for things like Socratic after your question stays up for a full day, with upvotes and note closed. The edit and answer thing is similar. Probably, questions got closed before you got credit, so you are SOL. $\endgroup$
    – kingledion
    Dec 3, 2018 at 18:08
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks for the explanation. I managed to get it yesterday with another post though. I'm not specifically going for the badges, in the sense that I'm not doing things I wouldn't normally do just to get a badge, aside from things like logging on every day or taking the tour. But I keep them in mind and enjoy reaching those milestones. worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/questions/131785/… $\endgroup$
    – Cyn
    Dec 3, 2018 at 18:44
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    $\begingroup$ @Cyn thank you, it's that kind of attitude that makes stack sites a good place to ask and answer questions :) $\endgroup$ Dec 3, 2018 at 19:13
  • $\begingroup$ @Cyn That's exactly what badges are for, enjoy :) $\endgroup$
    – Tim B
    Dec 6, 2018 at 14:16

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