The Generalist badge states: Provided non-wiki answers of 15 total score in 20 of top 40 tags

However it has not been awarded yet, and there should be a few people who have met this criterion. I checked for myself and I have non-wiki answers of 15 total score on 35 of the top 40 tags, and I'm sure @Roger and @Ben also have met the requirements.

Is there something that I am missing here? If the badge isn't working, we should remove it.

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Generalist requires 200 questions in each of the top 40 tags before it is awarded; the site hasn't yet reached that milestone so Generalist badges just aren't given out yet. This requirement is not listed on the /Badges page because...well I can't really think of a good reason.

I've already requested this limitation be reduced or removed to little effect.

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    Each needing 200 seems like a poor choice for smaller sites.
    – JohnGB Mod
    Commented Mar 4, 2013 at 19:00
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    @JohnGB yeah, it basically makes it a badge for the site, not the users. Few sites have actually gotten enough questions to award that one.
    – Zelda
    Commented Mar 4, 2013 at 19:06

Thanks to Bens' answer we can calculate when the generalist badge will be awarded

  • The 40th tag on UX.SE is e-commerce having 101 questions.
  • UX.SE is ~ 2½ years old.

If it's a linear trend and if it continues, the generalist badge will be out in the open by fall 2015. By then you will have reached almost 50k in reputation and earned 14 gold badges, 80 silver badges and 224 bronze badges.

If we want to get there faster, we need to ask more questions containing these top 40 tags.

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    Or do things to get more users on who ask questions.
    – JohnGB Mod
    Commented Mar 10, 2013 at 17:26

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