On main page Badges indicates that for Mortarboard 261 have been awarded:


On meta the number is shown as 2:


What do these numbers signify, if anything - in particular the 2 for meta - given the badge is for:

Earn at least 200 reputation (the daily maximum) in a single day

and on meta rep is the same as on main (supposedly).

I think Meta participation vs main reputation and associated badges may be related to the above, but it too shows no answer.

Perhaps meta should not display badges that can no longer be achieved on meta. (ie leave the 2 as is but for meta don't display the 'Mortarboard' row at all.)

  • Unless I'm missing something, you can still earn the mortarboard on meta...just earn 200 rep on meta in a day...no?
    – Mark Mayo
    Commented Jan 5, 2017 at 13:29
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    perhaps it can still be obtained for 'earning' 200 but doesn't show?
    – Mark Mayo
    Commented Feb 3, 2017 at 2:07

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Prompted by @Mark Mayo's Comment (many thanks!) I have reverted to this 'afresh' rather than merely baffled. Following a lengthy trail I eventually came to @rene's post.

As I understand it at present, when separate meta reputation was abandoned, the background number crunching was left as it was. That is, scores are still 'earned' for meta posts - they are merely no longer displayed. These 'hidden scores' may still lead to badges that are displayed. Hence, for example, receipt of 20 upvotes on meta answers in one SE day (and no down votes) would trigger the award of a Mortarboard badge even now. So there is reason to retain the Mortarboard listing for meta. Just that for meta the description:

Earn at least 200 reputation (the daily maximum) in a single day

has an implied hidden between 200 and reputation.

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