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In the achievement 'Inquisitive', it says that to achieve it you must maintain a 'positive question record'. What is this?

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According to this meta post,

A positive question record means you don't have too many closed, downvoted or deleted questions, overall. The formula is (TotalQuestions - Negative - Closed - Deleted) / TotalQuestions ≥ 0.5. Questions that qualify as Negative and Closed and Deleted count three times in this calculation!

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Formula

According to the main meta badge guide, the formula for having a positive question record is:

(TotalQuestions - Negative - Closed - Deleted) / TotalQuestions ≥ 0.5. Questions that qualify as Negative and Closed and Deleted count three times in this calculation.

How to find each number

Anyone & Everyone

  • Look at your deleted questions (found at the bottom of the "questions tab" on your profile), and take note of (1) how many score -1 or less (i.e. "negative"), (2) how many are closed, (3) how many there are total.
  • Look at your undeleted questions:
  • Do the math! It works out to something like ((TotalUndeletedQuestions + TotalDeletedQuestions) - (NegativeUndeleted + NegativeDeleted) - (ClosedUndeleted + ClosedDeleted) - Deleted) / (TotalUndeletedQuestions + TotalDeletedQuestions) ≥ 0.5 or even (TotalUndeletedQuestions + TotalDeletedQuestions - NegativeUndeleted - NegativeDeleted - ClosedUndeleted - ClosedDeleted - Deleted) / (TotalUndeletedQuestions + TotalDeletedQuestions) ≥ 0.5 which looks intimidating but you can do it!

Users with ≥2k rep

At 2k rep (10k on some other sites), you get the moderator tools privilege, which allows you to use search to find your deleted posts. This makes the process a lot easier.

Fun fact: when you search for deleted:, you don't need to also use user:me — unless you're a moderator.

Context

The formula for calculating your question record has always been out there, but until 2022 there wasn't a way for the average, low-rep user to figure out what theirs was because they could only see "deleted recent questions". Elsewhere you can read about the whole gory history of how this feature evolved.

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  • I was thinking, what if someone made it easy to run searches like these across SE sites with a stack snippet. And I almost ended up writing it here and now. But I found this snippet that I already wrote to do that! I completely forgot about it and almost wrote it all over again.
    – Laurel Mod
    Jan 15 at 2:33

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