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What is required to become a moderator?

I think you're talking about these two recent posts: 2 year old user is a new contributor? Is it correct that search on AskUbuntu ignores code blocks and inline codes? These were edited by Shog9 and ...
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What does the golden dot after the username in close banners represent?

This is a golden tag badge! Its owners may cast immediate close votes, just like moderators, on questions with the specific tag. This only applies to duplicate-votes at the moment, though. Currently, ...
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Illuminator badge, too hard to get?

It's brand new. Some people had the previous "almost unattainable badge" reversal. So, no. Not too hard.
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How do I earn the student badge?

I just upvoted your question. Now you should have a question with "a score of 1 or more". While you are on this site, you will begin learning about how it works and things you can do. When you ask ...
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How exactly is the electorate badge earned?

Let's split the condition you have to meet in order to be awarded the badge into two different conditions: You must have voted at least on 600 questions; The total number of votes cast on questions (>...
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Reputation points and badges not incremented

status-bydesign on both the badge and reputation counts. The Badge Keep in mind that the requirements for the Copy Editor Badge are as follows (bold emphasis mine): Edit 500 posts (excluding own ...
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Why is sportsmanship considered under the moderation badges in election statistics?

Sportsmanship is also listed as a moderation badge in the list of badges, perhaps because voting up is considered 'moderation' on Stack Exchange, and an important one (it's even mentioned in the tour)....
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What is meant by the phrase "first tag wiki edit"?

You get it the first time you edit a tag wiki. A tag wiki provides extended information about a tag, which can help to set the boundaries of how it's used. Here's the command-line tag wiki as an ...
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Why do repcap badges exist on Meta? How did people get them?

No reputation is earned on meta but the system still keeps track of it in the backend with vote counts.
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What does "non-community wiki" mean?

It's intended to be read as non-(community wiki) rather than: (non-community) wiki That is, "non-community wiki" (in this context) means posts that aren't community wiki, rather than posts ...
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Announcer badge not received

Are you using the proper share links? They look like this: http://meta.askubuntu.com/q/8835/449 The segment on the end is my user ID on Ask Ubuntu. That's how the link is tracked back to my account ...
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Mortarboard / Epic / Legendary badges threshold too high?

No, I don't think they are too high. Each SE site has its own voting culture, and it's been noted time and again that we don't vote much - we vote less than, for example, Unix & Linux. We have ...
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Track pundit progress

Someone's made an SE Data Query for tracking the pundit badge progress. http://data.stackexchange.com/askubuntu/query/75438/whats-my-pundit-badge-progress That link is for AU, but you can switch the ...
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Why have I just received another two Marshal badges?

We just did a major revamp of how badges are awarded behind the scenes to drastically reduce the load on SQL Server. It now takes advantage of some pre-compute work we're doing to track badge progress ...
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Why is sportsmanship considered under the moderation badges in election statistics?

I have always felt that Sportsmanship is the single most important badge for elections. Posting 100 answers isn't much, really. Not if you're an active user of an active site like this one. All of our ...
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What do you consider a well received question?

I believe for the badges (Curious, Inquisitive and Socratic), a "well-received question" means that the question itself has a positive score, i.e. 1 or more. This can be 2 positives and 1 ...
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What is required to become a moderator?

What you're referring to is probably editors and it takes 2000 rep to become an editor. On the main site, if the user is a few 100 rep, he's just a user that has to go through a review process ...
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The annual Stack Overflow survey

You just missed it this year, here are the results. The only thing I can do to help you here is to point you to the SO email settings and advise you to check the box for research. This way you should ...
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Enthusiast badge

I can't say how? but I am sure that is not system fault. For consecutive days, days are counted in UTC. In India (since you are from Gujrat) the new day counted after 5:30. But you can know which ...
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Mortarboard / Epic / Legendary badges threshold too high?

The Legendary badge is there to be hard to get. Epic was not that hard to get :) "and none has ever been awared Legendary" One of us soon will reach it. I am not that one by the way since I am on ...
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edit count difference

The description for the badge says this: (excluding.. deleted posts and tag edits). That is probably making the difference for you.
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I didn't receive the notification that I'd gained a badge

Not all badges will cause a notification to a veteran user such as yourself. We limit these to avoid "spamming" your notifications - the "Curious" badge is one that we deem to be "Veteran worthy", ...
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What does "non-community wiki" mean?

I think that to understand non-community wiki, you have to understand what is a community wiki: What are "Community Wiki" posts? Non-community wiki is the opposite of a community wiki.
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The annual Stack Overflow survey

Stack Overflow's Developer survey is generally conducted every year in the month of January-February and results are announced somewhere between April and May. As Mark Kirby stated, you just missed it ...
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How do I earn the student badge?

Here is my approach to earning badges: I just keep using the site, ask questions, answer questions, vote on stuff I like, edit, flag, ... and much much more. Over time badges came in, one after the ...
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How exactly is the electorate badge earned?

To add to Kos' answer, if you select the Electorate badge as your next tracked badge and then click on it you will get the following dropdown which makes it a lot clearer that you have two conditions ...
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What is required to become a moderator?

If you ask who can do direct edits, everyone with more than 2000 reputation. Remember: AskUbuntu and any other Stackexchange site is moderated by its users mostly. When it comes to be a moderator ...
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Mortarboard / Epic / Legendary badges threshold too high?

And I'm the only one with a Reversal badge though it'll take me another 10 years for a Legendary badge... :-(
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My badge count is different in different places, and I don't like it

Explanation for 1st case: It displays Total badges with considering how many times it is awarded. Ex: If one badge is awarded 5 times (i.e. Reviewer x5) than it will be counted as 5 at Main profile ...
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