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I recently down-voted this off topic question: https://codegolf.stackexchange.com/questions/132940/chess-championship Why was I not awarded the badge "critic" within the next minute? It seemed to work almost instantly on other SE sites.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ I don't know for sure, but maybe it only works for answers? Depends, if you tested it on questions on other SE sites, then it might be a caching issue. \$\endgroup\$ – HyperNeutrino Jul 18 '17 at 4:24
  • \$\begingroup\$ It also might be the case that the question was deleted before you received the badge, preventing it from being awarded to you. \$\endgroup\$ – Ad Hoc Garf Hunter Jul 18 '17 at 4:51
  • \$\begingroup\$ Weird, I've also downvoted and VTCd several off topic questions and have only received it once.. \$\endgroup\$ – musicman523 Jul 18 '17 at 5:00
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Badges are handed out in batches throughout the day, different batch jobs handle different badge types.

Source: When are badge calculations done? on mother meta.

You must have been lucky on other sites.

I note that you do have the badge, awarded about half an hour after posting this question, so as a support issue I think it is resolved.

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