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While poking through the badge listings, I noticed that only 24 people have been awarded the Precognitive badge, which is awarded for following the Area 51 proposal before it entered beta.

So herein lies my uncertainty: we have 1391 users, 217 people committed to the beta, but only 24 have been awarded the badge.
Have only 11% of the beta committers actually visited and logged in? If so where did the rest of the members come from (maybe from a private beta invite)? Or are my figures totally out of whack?

1 Including the ♦ mods who are possibly only observing, and not counting Community

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    The Precognitive badge is awarded to users who followed the Area 51 proposal before it entered the commitment phase. The commitment phase for Martial Arts started 11 months ago. Only users who followed the proposal before then can be awarded the badge. This will be a lower number than the total number of users who followed the A51 proposal before it entered beta; many, like me, will have followed during the commitment phase.
    – Nick
    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:34
  • Thanks @Nick that explains it. You should make that an answer instead of a comment so I can mark it.
    – slugster Mod
    Feb 6, 2012 at 11:58

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The Precognitive badge is awarded to users who followed the Area 51 proposal before it entered the commitment phase. The commitment phase for Martial Arts started 11 months ago. Only users who followed the proposal before then can be awarded the badge. This will be a lower number than the total number of users who followed the A51 proposal before it entered beta; many, like me, will have followed during the commitment phase.

As to why 141 of the 217 committed users have made an appearance so far:

  • Private beta only started 5 days ago.
  • People have busy lives. :)
  • Not everyone who committed will follow through.

I think the stats show it's an encouraging start; opening the beta should build traffic and users further.

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