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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.


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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

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Burning the midnight oil

Awarded for activity (vote, question, answer, comment) at least once per hour, for 24 hours in a row.

Selfless (or Communist, even if it was mentioned elsewhere)

First community wiki created (not turning a question into a community wiki, but really starting it as a wiki in the first place.) (No longer relevant)


Has at least 50(?) Ignored Tags for every Interesting Tags (or has had that for x days).

Renaissance Man

Has had a high number(?) of Interesting Tags and no Ignored Tags for x days.

I really like how the last two play against each other :) (I don't even remember what I meant)


Train wreck

Similar to a tumbleweed, with a twist: Asked a question with no votes, no answers, no comments, but high views (say 100), over any amount of time.

Definitely Graveyard Shift. – MPelletier Apr 11 '10 at 23:57
Selfless badge would also need to require a minimum number of votes on the question so that we don't inadvertently encourage bad cw questions. – Joel Coehoorn Apr 14 '10 at 13:59

Life is Hard - First time you get an answer accepted and later unaccepted (of course own questions don't count).

I would have won this several times over already! – ChrisF Jan 18 '10 at 15:43
Alternative name possibility - "S**t Happens" ;) – Lix Jul 22 '12 at 14:35


Suggest a tag synonym that is then accepted into the system.


Some comments on an answer end up collecting several up votes of their own. Some badges based on "great" comments would be nice.

"Preaching to the choir" - x upvotes on a comment

Can't actually downvote a comment, last I saw ... – a_m0d Jun 29 '09 at 4:55
@a_mOd, I would have downvoted your comment, but I couldn't ;-) – Nathan Koop Jun 29 '09 at 13:19
I've been a fan of a badge for 100 upvotes on a comment -- ever since I got 100 upvotes on a comment. whistles – mmyers Jun 29 '09 at 17:45
Doh! missed the fact that you can't downvote a comment... – scunliffe Jun 30 '09 at 15:56

Weekend Warrior

Reaching rep cap on 13 Sundays.

Now with charts! (from source)

sundays in .. what time zone? We can't do these :( – Jeff Atwood May 2 '10 at 10:18

Based on suggestions in the comments from Jonik, Bill the Lizard, and Chris Lutz, I've updated the badge name and other details...

Sportsmanship: Awarded when you've given 100 upvotes to non-wiki competing answers (i.e. other user's answers to questions that you have also answered and earned at least one upvote for). This could be awarded multiple times, once for each successive set of 100 upvotes you give.

NOTE: Hurray! This has now been implemented, although it can only be earned once.

now this is a good one – Jeff Atwood Jun 30 '09 at 22:38
Only non-CW stuff should probably be counted for this (it's common to post an answer and still upvote lots of other ones in CW polls) – Jonik Jul 1 '09 at 9:08
Not sure about the name though ( How about "Selfless", "Constructive", "Supportive", "Principled"... Hmm, or even "Fair Play", "Sportsmanship" :) If negative badges were given, "Sore Loser" would be a nice one for some (opposite) situations. – Jonik Jul 1 '09 at 9:22
Can we please not have "man" in the name of the badge. "Sporting" would get the point across without the sexism. – Richard Gadsden Jul 13 '09 at 17:42
@Richard: Well, that's the first time I've ever heard the word "Sportsmanship" referred to as sexist. Honestly, the political-correctness-has-gone-to-far side of me sees that as nitpicky, since I doubt women would really take offense to it any more than, say, the word "manhole"... it's more a language tradition than anything. However, if people were offended by it, I suppose "Good Sport" would be a suitable alternative. – gnostradamus Jul 13 '09 at 18:00
This badge should also be able to be awarded multiple times to encourage continued sportsmanlike behavior. – Bill the Lizard Jul 14 '09 at 12:45
@Bill: Good idea. It could be awarded at 100-upvote intervals. – gnostradamus Jul 14 '09 at 14:04
It has two flaws. First, it can encourage adding noise to SO by adding a useless (not downvote worthy but useless) answer to questions with good answers and upvoting them. Second, which is more important IMO, is that it'll discourage deleting noisy answers (e.g. dupe answer in a small time frame). The latter behavior is pretty common among high rep users and shouldn't be discouraged. – xmm0 Jul 21 '09 at 16:22
@Richard: How about a "PC Mad" badge for 10+ edits changing he to he/she or him to him/her etc :p – Draemon Jul 21 '09 at 21:41
@Mehrdad - To combat this, you could require that their answer be upvoted as well. So not only did they give a good answer, but they upvoted other people's good answers. – Super Long Names are Hilarious Sep 9 '09 at 4:44
Should have a lesser Badge for 10 upvotes to other ansers, so as to get new users upvoting more. – Ian Ringrose Sep 11 '09 at 10:42
I propose two additional constraints. 1) that the upvote for a competitor must be cast before an answer is selected by the OP. 2) only one upvote per question counts towards the badge. Otherwise, the system could be easily gamed. People could withhold their vote, check their profile page for new accepted answers, then upvote all competing (read: no longer competing) answers in bulk. Also, many users could get the badge (many times over) on the very day it is introduced, simply by going through their accepted answers and thoughtlessly upvoting everyone. The rich could instantly get richer. – ЯegDwight Feb 5 '10 at 22:58
@RedDwight: A couple counter-points: 1) Accepted answers aren't set in stone. I've seen them changed quite a few times, so other answers are still technically "in the game", and upvoting them has a chance to lose you an acceptance. 2) Users are limited to 30 votes per day, which will limit how quickly they could get the badge. The number of votes needed to get the badge could also be increased to make it harder to get by thoughtless upvoting. 3) I doubt the badge would be more than a silver, so I don't think people will be so desperate to get it as to burn through all their votes for days. – gnostradamus Feb 6 '10 at 2:03

Fast gun Posting an answer within a minute of the question being asked, that gets accepted without any edits.

Edit: Answering your own question wouldn't count. That'd be shooting yourself in the foot.

Update: Turns out this is a duplicate of New Badge: Quick-Draw.

"Fast gun" earned me a necromancer badge. The irony! – Andrew Grimm Jan 21 '10 at 11:47


Vote your own question closed.

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
Excuse me, @Andrew, I'm not a native speaker, where's the profanity? – badp Jul 27 '10 at 10:13
@badp: Thanksie! – Andrew Grimm Jul 28 '10 at 7:50


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.


Power Level badge, for users with over 9,000 rep.



Received a golden tag badge for a particular tag while no one else has received a silver tag badge for particular tag yet. Or at least someting in those lines. It should award valuable contributors in "niche" tags who doesn't collect enough voteless answers to qualify for Unsung Hero and Tireless and like so.

I kind of like this, but at the same time I don't ever see it implemented. It's one of those first come, first serve ideas that reward being the first prominent member on the site to be interested in a particular tag. Anyone who joins after you gain the first silver can't get the badge even if you've lost interest. – Andy E Jul 26 '10 at 18:29
@Andy: Fair point. The tag criteria should maybe be revised. Percentage of votes/answers/accepts as opposed to the amount of questions and the votes/answers/accepts others received in the particular tag during the period you were active? – BalusC Jul 26 '10 at 18:36


Cast your first close vote.



Contribute to a tag wiki.


[Silver] Silk purse - Edited someone else's question with a negative vote count which later reaches a score of 2 or greater before it is edited again by anyone else.

Thanks Ether for the name.

"Made a Silk Purse from a Sow's Ear"? :) – Ether Jul 11 '10 at 19:52
"Plz help" if you're fixing obnoxious grammar? – Andrew Grimm Jul 12 '10 at 0:05

Voted 100 times on answers at least 5 months old.

Maybe call it Necrophiliac :) – theChrisKent Jan 28 '11 at 22:30

Great Mystery

This badge is awarded for question having at least 5 up vote and at least 500 views and no up voted answer. This would award great question that the answer is unknown.

World Mystery

This is basicly the same as Great Mystery except that it would require at least 20 up vote, 1.5k view.



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

New idea.

We can have a badge called Bounty Hunter which will be given to a user who has answered some threshold number of bounty questions. Similar badges can be given if a user has asked some threshold number of bounty questions.


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

Received x upvotes on wiki answers posted on non-wiki questions.

This is tricky to award because technically, there's no guarantee that your upvotes will be for that user's content. You could easily award this badge for "seed" answers. – Grace Note Jul 13 '10 at 14:09
A seed answer would be the root from which a real answer grows. In other words, someone else might have posted the original answer, and as CW encourages other people to add their say, it evolves into a lovely answer that attracts many votes. Note that I don't think seed answers are bad - after all they yield good answers and are perfectly a good idea. But I think it kinda conflicts with what you might be intending for your badge (with a name like "Donator"). But I could be wrong, I could see a seed being a perfect setup of a donation, the first cent that starts a revolutionary benefit. – Grace Note Jul 13 '10 at 14:45

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

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

Post directly linked by 10 other questions or answers.


Specialist Badges - Bronze
Lasted 15 days in the 30-day top 20 answerers list for a specific tag.

Probably should require x number of questions posted in the same time frame to prevent gaining the badge on tags that only have a few posts.

Lasted 30 days in the 30-day top 20 answerers list for any tag.

They're the same badge, except if it were implemented as a specialist badge you could earn one per tag. I wasn't sure if Jeff wanted bronze specialist badges however, so Survivalist is intended as an alternative.


Posted an answer 6 months after an accepted one, resulting in the question owner switching to yours.

Encourages posting better solutions when you come across old accepted answers. Adjust time-scale to suit.


Corrupt wisdom: have an accepted answer with 10 upvotes featuring at least 42 combining characters.


Out Of Ammo - Used all his/her votes for a day.

This is a dupe of a suggestion made a year earlier. Kind of moot now though, it's been implemented as Suffrage. – Pops Oct 19 '10 at 14:30

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



I'd like to see a badge for answering questions in very unpopular tags. This would encourage people to answer questions that are otherwise unlikely to get decent answers.

Badge name: Nonconformist is intended to be somewhat an opposite of Generalist (but not in the direction of what could be called Specialist), with the added idea of "not conforming" to the popular tags. What other names could be used for "helpful to unpopular tags"?

I'd go for "spelunker". – Aarobot May 27 '10 at 14:46

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.


Full Deck (bronze) - Awarded for getting all available bronze badges

Full Deck (silver) - Awarded for getting all available silver badges

Full Deck (gold) - Awarded for getting all available gold badges

Of course, with new badges getting added every so often this may be awkward to implement.

How can you get all bronze badges if you don't have the Full Deck badge?! We are programmers, for crying out loud! – Kobi Mar 3 '10 at 10:11
It would have to be the non tag based badges (and not include the Silver Beta badge), otherwise the silver and gold ones would never be awarded. – ChrisF Apr 14 '10 at 14:14
Earning badges for earning badges? I won't down-vote it but I'm not a fan. – Evan Plaice Jun 12 '10 at 0:13

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