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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.

Also:

  • 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
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I, too, wonder if we could get @Jeff Atwood to comment on the status of badge requests. –  Randolpho Apr 14 '10 at 13:34
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@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

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Slacking Off at Work

For people who spend most of their workday on SO!

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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.

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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.

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

Bronze/Silver/Gold

(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

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Re Duper - We shouldn't have badges that reward negative behaviour. –  ChrisF Jul 15 '10 at 9:27
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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.

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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?).

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When someone found your question via Google. –  rightfold Aug 18 '09 at 8:49

Bridge

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.

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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.

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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

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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'?)

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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

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

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I think the "Has No Life" badge has already been proposed. –  mmyers Dec 23 '09 at 15:18

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

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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.

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Surely SO is designed to create addicts? –  AndrewC Oct 25 '12 at 8:43

Remorseful

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?"

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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

Professor

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

Pupil

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.

Update

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.

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oops!

Vote your own question closed.

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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
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Excuse me, @Andrew, I'm not a native speaker, where's the profanity? –  badp Jul 27 '10 at 10:13
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@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.

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That's not my name

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

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So those who register first don't ever get the badge? –  random Dec 23 '09 at 15:01

Underminer, or Zealot

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

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@gnovice: these badges, like "prison tattoo" are meant to deter this kind of behavior, not encourage –  bobobobo Jul 14 '09 at 14:47

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.

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

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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.

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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.

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Wow, these last four are pretty much all for Jon Skeet. –  random Sep 13 '09 at 0:50
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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

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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.

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

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The checks for that would be wayyy to heavy. –  Ólafur Waage Sep 9 '09 at 8:52
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We should only give badges for good behaviour. –  Ether Dec 11 '09 at 5:21

Deity — name is Jon Skeet

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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.

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Encourages negative behaviour. –  Richard Jul 6 '09 at 9:01

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