Turns out I did make the Hot 500 list on Associated Content for May 2010. Yay me!
Assignment page views were accidentally left out in the first tallies. My nifty little badge has been reinstated, making me a happy little AC contributor.
Actually, I'm slightly surprised I made the list, since I didn't publish any new articles to the site last month. That's the beauty of evergreen content, it keeps performing (and earning!) months after it's written.