We have liftoff!

Thank you for your participation!

-- A Generalist, 2020-02-18

Since we are a relatively young site in the Stack Exchange network, we haven't been able to enjoy any Generalist badges at all.

It's not that we don't have people that would qualify (we do), but that particular badge has an added stipulation that the top 40 tags on the site must have at least 200 questions each before any of those shiny silver badges are handed out.

This has always seemed to be far off in the future, but looks like we are finally going to get there!

At the current count, we already have 34 tags with the required 200 questions, and the six tags closest to the limit (, , , , and ) are a mere 134 questions short, in total.

The answer below will keep updating periodically, and if you'd like to place bets on when we'll reach the mark, do drop a comment below! Juicy awards (If I can think of some) will go to the best guess (taking the time of the guess into account), and artificially manipulating the result is totally allowed, as long as it's done with great puzzles being added to the relevant tags!

  • $\begingroup$ How's the chess tag looking? $\endgroup$ Jun 27, 2019 at 13:40
  • $\begingroup$ [chess] is already in the 34 tags ... $\endgroup$
    – Glorfindel
    Jun 27, 2019 at 14:31
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    $\begingroup$ I think that it will happen on the 16th of January 2020 based on the current information. My money is on sudoku overtaking password for the 40th tag! $\endgroup$
    – Adam
    Jun 27, 2019 at 22:50
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    $\begingroup$ Related :-) $\endgroup$ Jul 1, 2019 at 20:27
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    $\begingroup$ We can get another tag over 200 if we separate [knowledge] and [trivia]. Oh, and how about a separate tag for Riley riddles? There has to be at least 200 of those. Oh, now I've got it: why not encourage people to post [open-ended] questions so we can get that tag past the 200 mark? Man, I'm full of great new ideas today. $\endgroup$
    – Jafe
    Jul 8, 2019 at 13:23
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    $\begingroup$ @jafe I completely agree; it shouldn't matter if the race horse dies along the way as long as it crosses the finish line with at least some portion of the jockey still on its back :-) $\endgroup$
    – Bass
    Jul 9, 2019 at 20:49
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    $\begingroup$ The [three-dimensional] tag has gone from 50 to 67 in a month. Don't count it out of the race! $\endgroup$
    – Jafe
    Jul 12, 2019 at 11:22
  • $\begingroup$ @OmegaKrypton Do we really need to edit this post every few days? Once a week seems reasonable. $\endgroup$ Jul 20, 2019 at 11:07
  • $\begingroup$ Maybe not add updates to someone else's post in the first place. Not a huge deal, but it kind of makes it look like you're putting words in Bass's mouth. $\endgroup$
    – Jafe
    Jul 20, 2019 at 11:59
  • $\begingroup$ The updates are misleading anyway since the badge will only arrive as fast as the slowest tag to 200 $\endgroup$
    – Adam
    Jul 20, 2019 at 16:30
  • $\begingroup$ @jafe that's what I thought too, for the first 7 seconds or thereabouts, after which I decided those would have been more or less exactly my own words. If only there was a way to mark a question as community wiki... now waitaminute! $\endgroup$
    – Bass
    Jul 20, 2019 at 17:32
  • $\begingroup$ @Adam It seems you have exposed my secret motive for creating this question :-) $\endgroup$
    – Bass
    Jul 20, 2019 at 17:41

2 Answers 2


2019-07-04: still at 34 tags, 128 questions to go. Progress rate was 6 questions in 7 days.

2019-07-26: still at 34 tags, 94 questions to go. Progress rate was 34 questions in 22 days. Down to double digits!

2019-08-19: We've hit 35 tags! Well done, ! 81 questions to go. Progress rate was 13 questions in 24 days. (The other tags need to step up their game.)

2019-09-18: still at 35 tags, 72 questions to go. Progress rate was 9 questions in a month. A little biiiiiit better...

2019-10-07: First page all done! 36 tags, 66 questions to go on the second page. Progress rate was 6 questions in 19 days.

2019-11-07: at 36 tags, 60 questions to go. Progress rate was 6 questions in a month. Stay on target...

2019-12-11: at 37 tags, 52 questions to go. Progress rate was 8 questions in over a month. made it to 200 questions.

2020-01-04: at 37 tags, 23 questions to go. Progress rate was 29 questions in 24 days. We're getting close!

2020-01-19: at 38 tags, 15 questions to go. Progress rate was 8 questions in 15 days. got there!

2020-02-09: at 39 tags, 5 questions to go. Progress rate was 10 questions in 21 days. got there! Five more questions to go!

2020-02-15: at 39 tags, 4 questions to go.

2020-02-17: at 39 tags, one question to go.

2020-02-18: at 40 tags!!!, zero questions to go!


The tags that are 'up for it' are:


Note that only one more tag needs to make it to 200 for the Generalist badge to become available.


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