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    Warning: this may be seen as a piece of complete vanity.

    I'm sure I'm well on the way to getting this (relatively rare!) badge. Sometimes I think, 'surely I've edited a hundred entries', but then I think, 'I haven't counted and it's probably not that many'.

    Is this sort of information visible to ├╝ber-users? It's not in the public dumps.

    If I'm being silly, please tell me and I will be patient, yes, patient.... My time will come :)

    • CommentAuthorWill Jagy
    • CommentTimeAug 29th 2011
    David, I imagine you knew that your request goes first to the editorial board of the Oxford English Dictionary. I'm not sure you were aware that it then goes to the Archbishop of Canterbury, finally to the Queen of England. The last person to be granted this privilege was Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who wrote about the experience:

    Troche trips from long to short.
    From long to long in solemn sort
    Slow spondee stalks; strong foot! Yet ill able
    Ever to come up with Dactyl trisyllable.
    Iambics march from short to long;--
    with a leap and a bound the anapests throng.
    • CommentAuthorRyan Budney
    • CommentTimeAug 29th 2011 edited
    I suspect the only way to compute your number of edits would be to write a script that goes through the dump:

    Moreover, I imagine this is how the StackExchange software does it.
    • CommentAuthorquid
    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2011

    David, not sure this is relevant to your question, but I believe to have read somewhere that not all edits count towards this badge (if I rememeber well, in particular not pure badge-edits). But this might also be a SE 2.0 difference; I believe to have read it overthere.


    You're pretty close. As of the last database dump (a month ago), you've edited 115 posts, but edits to posts that you own don't count towards the Strunk and White badge. You have 91 edits to other peoples' posts. Here's how I got this information from the public dump:

    grep 'UserId="4177"' posthistory.xml | grep 'PostHistoryTypeId="[45]"' > dredits.txt
    grep 'UserId="4177"' posthistory.xml | grep 'PostHistoryTypeId="1"' | grep -o 'PostId="[0-9]*"' | grep -o '[0-9]*' > drposts.txt
    for x in `cat drposts.txt`; do grep -v "PostId=\"$x\"" dredits.txt > tmp.txt; mv tmp.txt dredits.txt; done
    wc -l dredits.txt

    The first line builds a list of all edits to bodies or titles you've made (PostHistoryTypeIds 4 or 5). The second builds a list of all the PostIds you own (i.e. that were first posted by you). The third strips out the edits to posts you own.


    Wow, thanks Anton!

    Better get my metaphorical red pen out... :)


    Hmmm, hasn't turned up yet... I'm just curious now if there is a delay in processing this (say, hourly, daily), or whether there are some conditions on what sort of edits count - minimum number of characters, retagging is discounted etc...


    Man, you really want that badge, don't you? :-)


    Well, I'm not so much a completist that I would deliberately post something awful to get the peer pressure badge,, (incidentally I notice three 10k+ users that have it) or delete a post with votes just to get the disciplined badge,


    OK, ... :) I'm happy.

    • CommentAuthorWill Jagy
    • CommentTimeNov 10th 2011
    I assumed, back in August, that you were referring to something metaphorical, which is why quoted Coleridge. However, you meant an actual MO badge,

    As said by Samuel L. Jackson in The Long Kiss Goodnight, "When you make an assumption, you make an Ass out of U and Umption."

    It seems that user 10035, with only 183 points, is a counterexample to the claim that the Strunk&White badge does not count edits to posts that you own. There is an impressive collection of questions (both deleted and otherwise) that have been edited many times.


    Scott - yes, I noticed 'unknown (google)' aka user 10035, and wondered how he/she had achieved it.