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As the title suggests does anyone have ideas for additional badges for SO?

I liked the idea of 'hidden' ones that are triggered by odd, random criteria. Basically Easter eggs.


  • Member of all 3 stack overflow sites

Edit: Made it a community wiki so people can edit easier.


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I wonder if we could get Jeff to comment on the status of badge requests. – jjnguy Jul 9 '09 at 13:26
I, too, wonder if we could get @Jeff Atwood to comment on the status of badge requests. – Randolpho Apr 14 '10 at 13:34
@Randolpho: I'm pretty sure that @ thing only works for names of people have actually spoken somewhere above your comment... – SamB Apr 15 '10 at 18:34
@Randolpho +1 for intentionally trying to abuse the system to get Jeff's attention. – Evan Plaice Jun 12 '10 at 0:08
@SamB: It was worth a try... – Randolpho Jun 12 '10 at 3:54
Locking ... I can not find anything here .. its ridiculous.… If you have real badge suggestions please post them separately as feature requests. If you have less serious ones post them when its Friday in Iceland. – waffles Jul 28 '10 at 2:17

119 Answers 119

Slacking Off at Work

For people who spend most of their workday on SO!

Or, even more appropriately, on Meta SO. :-) – RobH Feb 5 '10 at 1:21
Meta.Slacker – IAbstract Feb 9 '10 at 19:40

Revisionist - Based on the ratio of posts to edits for the original author of a post. The higher the number of edits, the closer to the badge you get.

Perfectionist - Based on the ratio of posts to edits by anyone, including the original author. The lower the number of edits, the closer to the badge you get.

I don't know where the badge threshold would lie for these, but I think they would encourage better quality in posts.


We Understand You - Provided a answer that was accepted when another answer had 10x votes.

Shows that you understood the question better than the majority of the community.

The top-voted answer had 10+ votes, or 10x the votes you got on your accepted answer? – Jon Seigel Apr 30 '10 at 22:13
Sounds like another version of Populist. – gnostradamus May 5 '10 at 19:06
Usually when this happens, it is the higher-voted answer that is better, not the one that got the check mark. – Ether Jul 12 '10 at 3:41

Almost equivalent to unsung hero (what it should have been maybe?)


(Insert Name Here) - Number of accepted answers doubles the number of asked questions. With more then 10 accepted answers
(Insert Name Here) - Number of accepted answers doubles the number of asked questions. With more then 25 accepted answers
(Insert Name Here) - Number of accepted answers doubles the number of asked questions. With more then 50 accepted answers

Maybe instead of number accepted answers it could be doubles/triples/quadruples. This badge is more aimed at all the people who answer more questions then they ask.

EDIT: (A negative badge)

Duper - First post closed because it was a duplicate

Re Duper - We shouldn't have badges that reward negative behaviour. – ChrisF Jul 15 '10 at 9:27
There's nothing wrong with asking questions. – Andrew Grimm Jul 25 '10 at 3:06

Another one may be Gives Credit (as chaos suggested in his answer) for users having accepted answers for all/most of the questions they asked.

Is that a 'Creditor' badge, then? – Jonathan Leffler Sep 9 '09 at 2:50

Googled, for when N one's answers / one's questions appear as first in Google search results ;-)

Just kiding. I think while it is a nice concept, it would be too hard to implement: first one would have to decide how to detect 'first result in Google search', and second decide what search query to use (whole question title?).

Use the server's referral logs to see people who've come in the first page of a google search? – Andrew Grimm Aug 6 '09 at 1:25
When someone found your question via Google. – rightfold Aug 18 '09 at 8:49
Too easy to game. Google indexes SO very well, and it should be trivial to construct a long enough query to find any specific question. – Gnome Apr 8 '10 at 6:29


Given to answers which are voted down because the answerer misread a word in the question.

The name comes from the Cream song "Badge," which was famously titled by mistake.

The title has nothing to do with the song. Clapton saw Harrison's notes for this, and misread "Bridge" as "Badge." He thought this is what Harrison named the song, so they used it for the title.

How would this be given? It can't be figured out manually. – Good Person May 27 '10 at 12:53

Competitor (Probably Silver)

After reaching 10K Rep, every 2 weeks there is a calculation taken of everyone else on the site with over 10K rep. Whoever has the most upvotes in the past 2 weeks gets this badge.

Anyone who won in one of the last 2 rounds is taken out of the running.

So Jon Skeet, Marc Gravell, and somebody else would alternate? – mmyers Aug 18 '09 at 21:55

Cannibal — deleted own accepted answer when other answers had more votes

Edit: based on bobobobo's observation, maybe Seppuku is a better term for it... or in Japanese: 切腹

This sounds a bit like.. eating oneself actually. autocannibal? – bobobobo Oct 18 '09 at 14:33
@bobobob... you are correct Sir! Maybe "Seppuku" would be a better term. We could even use the original Japanese: "切腹" – beggs Oct 19 '09 at 4:21
Unfortunately you can't actually delete an accepted answer - so the Cannibal badge is a non-starter. – ChrisF Oct 24 '09 at 14:37

Has anyone suggested badge images yet, like the ones seen in Team Fortress 2 or on Kongregate?

(I haven't read all the suggestions above. Perhaps there should be a badge for 'failed to read all previous suggestions because of short attention span'?)


Charity A silver badge given when a user piggy backs on another user's question and offers a bounty to answer it. Resulting in an increase by 5 upvotes

Philanthropy A gold badge given when a user piggy backs on another user's question and offers a bounty to answer it. Resulting in an increase by 15 upvotes


A badge for anyone who asks or answers a question on the Trilogy on Christmas day

I think the "Has No Life" badge has already been proposed. – mmyers Dec 23 '09 at 15:18
it's 2:20am on Boxing Day, and I managed to miss coming onto the site. YAY ! I must have a life. – cometbill Dec 26 '09 at 2:20
@mmyers It's not on this thread. @cometbill Christmas or Thanksgiving day. – rlb.usa Apr 13 '10 at 23:12
Omg this is up tomorrow – bobobobo Dec 24 '10 at 7:01

Similar to Beginner's Luck, Rookie of the Year (or "of the Week"). Hit 1000 rep within the first week of joining.

This will create many "What's your favorite..." being asked by newbies and quickly closed as duplicates. – rlb.usa Apr 13 '10 at 23:08

Detox: User with more than 200 reputation abstains from the web site for more than a week.

Why would you want people to not come to the website? =S – juan Jul 1 '10 at 23:48
You have to both come to the web site, and later on not come to the web site. We don't want addicts, do we? (Don't answer that) – Andrew Grimm Jul 8 '10 at 7:34
Surely SO is designed to create addicts? – AndrewC Oct 25 '12 at 8:43


Give a down vote to a user, and then give the same user an up vote within an hour (or similarly short period).

Basically a "well that's just wrong", followed by "but no hard feelings, ok?"

Interesting idea, but as the focus of SO (and all the other sites) should be the post not the person I'm not sure how this idea would sit with that. – ChrisF Jul 15 '10 at 9:25
They'd have to be to different questions / answers, right? – Andrew Grimm Jul 25 '10 at 3:04
@Andrew - yeah, you take away rep from them for a bad post in one area, then give them some rep back for a good one somewhere else. – Cebjyre Sep 9 '10 at 7:03


User who's majority of rep (maybe 90% or so) is from up-votes on accepted answers. With a minimum rep of 10,000.


User who's majority of rep (maybe 90% or so) is from questions. With a minimum rep of 10,000.

Minority View

User who commonly up-votes something that has very many down-votes or down-votes somthing with a lot of up-votes. (Basically disagrees with community)

Poor Sport

User who down-votes all competing answers to the same question as himself.

Thats all I can think of for now, I may add more later.


What about badges you have to be nominated for? Like..

Above and Beyond Must be nominated by 20 users for going above and beyond to help them.

Negative badges aren't accepted, so "Poor Sport" won't be accepted. Mutually exclusive badges are also fairly unlikely. – Andrew Grimm Jul 27 '10 at 23:55


Vote your own question closed.

I couldn't come up with a one-worder :( – badp Jul 25 '10 at 18:28
This would be easy to game just vote any of your real questions as NARQ, everyone will disagree with the close vote and it will disappear after a few days. – Andy E Jul 25 '10 at 18:33
You need to be able to close first, @Andy. That's a lot of rep. Also, it's not like there aren't easily gameable badges out there. – badp Jul 25 '10 at 18:44
-1 profanity sucks. – Andrew Grimm Jul 27 '10 at 10:06
Excuse me, @Andrew, I'm not a native speaker, where's the profanity? – badp Jul 27 '10 at 10:13
Urban dictionary: whoopsie – Andrew Grimm Jul 27 '10 at 23:53
In my defense, Oops => whoops => whoopsie :( fixing – badp Jul 27 '10 at 23:59
@badp: Thanksie! – Andrew Grimm Jul 28 '10 at 7:50

Best of a Bad Bunch - For every X answers where you're the highest voted (and at least 2 upvotes) but the answer isn't accepted. Acts as encouragement to give good answers to questions that are unlikely to ever satisfy the OP.

Anything like the Populist badge? – random Sep 9 '09 at 9:28

That's not my name

Change your name from "Unknown (google)" within 5-10 minutes of registering on the site.

So those who register first don't ever get the badge? – random Dec 23 '09 at 15:01
No, as they're forced to enter their name as far as I know. This is to encourage the 1000s of "Unknown (google)"'s to reveal themselves. The alternative is to just give them a stupid random name – Chris S Dec 23 '09 at 20:20
I'd want that badge, no fair – juan Feb 4 '10 at 16:17

Underminer, or Zealot

when you downvote more than (three?) competing answers on the same thread

We shouldn't really support such behavior with a badge. – gnostradamus Jul 14 '09 at 3:00
@gnovice: these badges, like "prison tattoo" are meant to deter this kind of behavior, not encourage – bobobobo Jul 14 '09 at 14:47
This is behaviour that should be showing up in the moderation tools, not being awarded a badge. – Ether Oct 18 '09 at 4:31
And then the mods can award the badge? – bobobobo Oct 18 '09 at 14:32

Anger Management
Awarded for every 100 consecutive posts that don't result in a close of a flag.

Obviously, the criteria could be tweaked but this is intended to encourage people to write on-topic contributions that don't troll or incite others into angry responses.


Transcendent — 100K rep, can be awarded multiple times, for each 100K rep.


Overlord — Awarded for having the most rep. This badge can be lost when you no longer have the most rep. (could also be calls The One Badge.

I like. Sounds ..precious.. my precious.. – GenericMeatUnit Feb 4 '10 at 23:24

A Hall of Fame badge for those who will reach 100k reps.

Wow, these last four are pretty much all for Jon Skeet. – random Sep 13 '09 at 0:50
You could just go to page 1 of the Users tab for this. – Ether Oct 18 '09 at 4:29

Blowhard for someone who posts in many different tags, but doesn't have any accepted answers... a failed generalist.

Socrates/Know Thyself for very large percentage of answers (100%) upvoted or accepted

Badger for someone who suggests a badge here that becomes real

Blowhard doesn't make sense because badges shouldn't be rendered invalid by subsequent (normal) actions. – Ether Oct 24 '09 at 0:44

Downer or, Parent

Votes for closing of threads with high traffic

for example. Stuff that comes out of these threads bring color to the site.


Snake or Pirate for copy and pasting somebody elses previous answer into a new question without linking to it.

The checks for that would be wayyy to heavy. – Ólafur Waage Sep 9 '09 at 8:52
Have community check? I know I usually fume at seeing such obvious plagiarism, even when not directed at me. – DVK Oct 7 '09 at 4:32
We should only give badges for good behaviour. – Ether Dec 11 '09 at 5:21
@Æther: Now that I have used these tools for a while I agree 100% – Mark Redman Dec 19 '09 at 14:32

Deity — name is Jon Skeet

It would be very confusing when everyone changed their display name to "Jon Skeet" (might be fun for April Fools' day though.) – Perpetual Motion Goat Feb 8 '10 at 17:19

Prison Tattoo — For going into penalty box more than once.

Encourages negative behaviour. – Richard Jul 6 '09 at 9:01
I don't think this is meant to encourage negative behavior. See discussion under rjstelling's "troll" badge… – bobobobo Jul 14 '09 at 14:59
This would be better denoted on the user's profile page, in a stats window. – Ether Oct 18 '09 at 4:30

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