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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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I think "Member of all SO sites" would be nice, but I would change it to 'Participant', i.e. asked/answered at least 1 question in each site.

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all is relative to the time frame though. There was a time not that long ago that everyone would get this badge for only being on stackoverflow.com –  Brian R. Bondy Jun 28 '09 at 12:57

Troll - 100+ down votes

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I like the concept of negative badges - for the good of the community –  rjstelling Jun 28 '09 at 12:24
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Negative badges should come in their own flavor... not bronze, silver, or gold... they should be plastic or rust. Some cheesy ugly badge color that you don't want –  Jeff Fritz Jun 28 '09 at 12:36
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A ratio of downvotes would be more appropriate. I'm fairly certain that high volume users have way past 100 downvotes, but compare that to the number of upvotes... Also, heavily downvoted items are often deleted, making the numbers harder. Perhaps a count of the number of items closed as spam/offensive... –  Marc Gravell Jun 28 '09 at 22:02
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I don't think a 'negative' badge is a good idea. It's still a collectable, shiny or not, and (some) people will want to have one. They would encourage negative behaviour. –  Blorgbeard Jun 29 '09 at 7:39
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I'd actually like to see this badge for people with an high ratio of downvotes cast –  bananakata Jun 30 '09 at 11:40
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Aren't "Tumbleweed" and "Peer Pressure" already badges of dubious honor? –  Quinn Taylor Jul 1 '09 at 16:54
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Down/Up > 1 == Troll && Down/Up < 0.5 == Cheerleader –  Steve Tranby Jul 7 '09 at 5:45
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perhaps negative badges should be taken away after a period of non-infringement –  flybywire Jul 14 '09 at 11:08
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(-1) I don't feel that negative badges are advisable on StackOverflow. As Jeff Atwood has mentioned, once a badge is given, it is never removed. That means that you will always be branded with whatever negative stigma is associated with the badge. And most behaviours that are numerable will EVENTUALLY be reached by the power users. I have quite a lot of downvotes, and quite a lot of upvotes too. I don't think I should be branded for that. –  devinb Jul 14 '09 at 13:14
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I have downvoted 153 times and I'm not a troll. –  Daniel Daranas Sep 9 '09 at 6:58
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(-1) Not the best idea - downvoting is one of the means by which we weed out patently-bad suggestions (as opposed to suggestions that you merely dont feel earn an upvote). The ratio of downvotes to upvotes might be more meaningful, but Troll isn't a suitable name. I like Dans suggestions, but I'm sure there are others... –  CJM Sep 29 '09 at 8:47

Inciter - answer or question that generated 50+ comments

Suggested revision:

  1. Encourager (bronze) received 10 or more comments on a single question or answer with a score greater than or equal to 1.
  2. Provocateur (silver) received 25 or more comments on a single question or answer with a score greater than or equal to 5.
  3. Instigator (gold) received 100 or more comments on a single question or answer with a score greater than or equal to 10.

In all cases, your own comments wouldn't count.

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50+ comments are probably a bad thing, aren't they? –  sth Jun 28 '09 at 12:24
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The problem is, you are creating a badge of honour for the trolls... –  Marc Gravell Jun 28 '09 at 22:04
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@sth Not if you combine it with the requirement that the question has a positive score. –  Daniel Daranas Feb 4 '10 at 16:46

Super Hero - 500+ points in 24 hours or having 10 answers accepted in 24 hours, either way showing super human (answering) abilities.

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Call it the Jack Bauer badge. –  stukelly Jun 28 '09 at 13:29
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Last time I looked, there was a 200 points per day limit. –  jamesh Jun 28 '09 at 13:42
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@jamesh: Points gained by having answers accepted still count, even if you've already reached the 200-point limit. –  RichieHindle Jun 28 '09 at 14:22
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500 points in 24 hours could be 200 points just before UTC midnight, then 200 points + 105 from 7 correct answers in the first part of the next day. It could happen :) (FWIW, without bounty I've never reached 500 in a UTC day. My best was 425 on March 31st, I think. Including bounties: 556 on April 2nd with a 150 bounty.) –  Jon Skeet Jun 29 '09 at 6:53
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@annakata - yes, that is correct. Frustrating, isn't it? Jon had a 300 bounty accepted the other day... first thing in the morning ;-p –  Marc Gravell Jul 1 '09 at 9:47
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Call it the Jon Skeet badge. –  MGOwen Jul 23 '09 at 4:29
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Naw, the Skeet badge should be given to those who had given an accepted answer to a question Jon asked. –  blowdart Sep 9 '09 at 8:55

I would like to see a higher level of specialist badges. Maybe even considered as a new badge level. Platinum Specialist Badge.

Something like 10x the amount of votes needed as the gold specialist badge.

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Or just as hard to obtain... the Jon Skeet badge. One week has expired, and you answered the same question as Jon Skeet but YOU got more up votes. –  Brian R. Bondy Jun 28 '09 at 13:00
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The scary thing is that Jon would already qualify for this in C# –  Marc Gravell Jun 28 '09 at 22:08
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Just because you can't imagine how I'd get more votes than myself doesn't mean it can't happen ;) (For one thing, I could post two answers :) –  Jon Skeet Jun 29 '09 at 6:54
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A friend of mine actually got an accepted answer to a question that Jon Skeet posted in. So it's not THAT big of a deal... –  Thomas Owens Jul 1 '09 at 18:57

Architect - awarded to a user who has an idea implemented.

I guess it would have to be a manually awarded badge - but highly prized.

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It also encourages people to suggest ideas in the first place; probably the same ones over and over as new users come in. –  Kevin Montrose Jul 13 '09 at 2:30

The Harry Enfield "You don't want to do THAT!" badge.

Awarded for an answer that tells the questioner they're doing it all wrong, without any constructive suggestion on how to do it right.

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One for the win32/usenet spambots ;-p –  Marc Gravell Jun 28 '09 at 22:08
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No way to tell this programmatically, is there? –  mmyers Jun 29 '09 at 17:28
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Nearly every question regarding optimization would be a candidate for this badge. –  Bill the Lizard Jun 30 '09 at 15:01

The Misery Guts badge.

For people who've issued more downvotes than upvotes. Do they really think that the majority of content on SO sucks?

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Pointing out that an answer is wrong, is potentially more important than indicating the one correct answer is better than another correct answer. I don't think down votes should necessarily be discouraged. –  SpoonMeiser Jun 28 '09 at 14:31
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Sturgeon's Law. –  Tom Hawtin - tackline Jun 29 '09 at 11:36
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I respect downvoters, to a point. 50/50 seems about the limit. But all upvotes feels too much like grade inflation. –  John Pirie Jun 29 '09 at 12:48

Name suggested by Quinn Taylor: Smart Upstart/Underdog

You got an accepted answer where a rival answer was submitted by somebody with X times more reputation that you.

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This is somewhat dependent on Jon Skeet always being a prominent user, right? Not that it doesn't appear that way - just playing devil's advocate. –  Jon Smock Jun 29 '09 at 12:55
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You could award it for when a rival answer was submitted by someone with a much higher reputation than your own. –  Daniel James Jun 29 '09 at 19:20
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And makes a lot of badges. –  Ladybug Killer Jun 30 '09 at 9:04
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Apple's WWDC has a traditional panel called "Stump the Experts". Maybe something like "Smart Upstart" or "Underdog"? –  Quinn Taylor Jun 30 '09 at 16:40
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Nice, I like Underdog –  Damien Jun 30 '09 at 17:53
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I wouldn't just use a plain multiple - as it'd be too easy to get the badge when you've got a small reputation, so I might use 'x * reputation + c' or perhaps 'max(x * reputation, c)', and I'd make 'c' pretty large. –  Daniel James Jul 1 '09 at 7:58
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Needs to be called "Grasshopper" –  John Pirie Jul 5 '09 at 3:12
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I like the name "underdog" as well. –  KyleFarris Jul 13 '09 at 13:39
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(-1) On SO, everyone should be giving the best answer they can. We shouldn't be operating on a 'tier' system. You should answer a question when you think no one else has it right, their reputations should not matter. –  devinb Jul 14 '09 at 13:10
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@devinb I doubt people intentionally gives lousy answers on SO. This badge would be likely to incentivize users with less rep to post good answers in the hope of earning a badge for giving a better answer than a much more experienced/reputable user. I can't really see a downside to something like this... –  Quinn Taylor Jul 14 '09 at 19:12
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Interesting idea: a badge that Jon Skeet can't get! –  Graeme Perrow Jul 21 '09 at 12:49
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Oh, he'll find a way... –  Damien Jul 21 '09 at 13:55
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@Graeme Perrow maybe that badge should be called beat-skeet? –  sal Jul 29 '09 at 20:57
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I would add a minimum score on the answer (e.g. 3) to prevent too easy gaming. –  Georg Fritzsche Jul 25 '10 at 10:53

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

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Can't actually downvote a comment, last I saw ... –  a_m0d Jun 29 '09 at 4:55
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@a_mOd, I would have downvoted your comment, but I couldn't ;-) –  Nathan Koop Jun 29 '09 at 13:19
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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
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Doh! missed the fact that you can't downvote a comment... –  scunliffe Jun 30 '09 at 15:56

Some ideas (some serious, some not so):

  • Recursive Badge - Awarded for gaining the Recursive Badge
  • Poet Badge - Awarded for getting 3 upvotes on an answer given in the form of Haiku
  • Voyeur Badge - For those that like to watch. Viewed 1000 questions without participating in any manner (answering, commenting, voting, etc)
  • Communist Badge - Every question/answer given marked as community wiki
  • Capitalist Badge - Only answering questions with a bounty
  • Self-esteem Badge - Gold badge awarded to everyone, because everyone's a winner!
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+1 for Communist –  Assaf Lavie Jun 29 '09 at 4:32
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+1 for self-esteem badge, made me laugh. –  musicfreak Jun 29 '09 at 9:00
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Answers in haiku / That's a little too obscure / Who's gonna do that? –  Graeme Perrow Jun 30 '09 at 11:39
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Well played Graeme Perrow / Your haiku is alluring / Challenge it I must! –  gnostradamus Jun 30 '09 at 16:36
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I like the voyeur, communist & capitalist badges. –  Scott G Jul 4 '09 at 13:04
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I like the Recursive Badge because it so belongs on StackOverflow –  Edosoft Jul 9 '09 at 20:08
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Capitalist discourages users from answering other questions. Voyeur would be hard to track. –  devinb Jul 14 '09 at 13:11
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Sorry guys, Graeme is two syllables (sounds like Graham). I wrote this one a while ago: "Haiku can be tough / you have to count syllables / this one is wrong" –  Graeme Perrow Jul 21 '09 at 12:47
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Funny, I pronounce "Graham" like "gram". Oh well, I guess I deserve a "Haiku Facepalm" badge now. ;) –  gnostradamus Jul 22 '09 at 14:47
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Composing haikus / is easy. Just stop at the / seventeenth syllab –  Anton Geraschenko Aug 19 '09 at 0:36
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@JohnFx: Being into regexes is like having a Dremel (rotary drive) tool - you see everything in terms of how you can apply your cool <s>toy</s>tool. Regexes cannot reliably count syllables. –  Argalatyr Aug 19 '09 at 2:14
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@Argalatyr - What can reliably count syllables? Apparently even us people who are intelligent enough to speak the language can't correctly count the syllables in Graeme's name. –  Super Long Names are Hilarious Sep 23 '09 at 19:40
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The genius of the Recursive badge is that it has no base case to terminate the recursion. Therefore, should anybody actually acquire the badge it would cause a... Stack Overflow. The concept is so meta that it blows my mind. –  Dan Dyer Dec 23 '09 at 16:42
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Oh, and the Recursive badge... I'd love to just see it in the list of badges, the obvious joke being that no-one will ever attain it. –  Jürgen A. Erhard Jan 12 '10 at 9:48
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Tautology Badge - You can only have this badge if you already have it –  Earlz Apr 13 '10 at 22:23

Premium (paid) Badges

  1. These can be purchased via Pay Pal for $49.99
  2. Always appear first in the list of badges
  3. Shiny color (animated gif should do the trick)
  4. Only viewable by the recipient (that's the sweetest part)
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Should it be called the "My Precious" badge and be ring-shaped? –  Bill the Lizard Jun 30 '09 at 14:58
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Will there be an executive version of these badges for $149.99 with a gold border and mahogany background? –  JohnFx Aug 19 '09 at 1:50
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delete –  deleted Aug 31 '09 at 5:17
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Call it "Franklin Mint" –  Jay Bazuzi Feb 9 '10 at 6:57
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or you could greasemonkey it in about 5 minutes. –  Gordon Gustafson Jul 31 '10 at 2:41
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As an alternative fo "My Precious" I propose to call this Ibadge "I am rich" - just to be more app oriented... Also please up the price to about $1000 ^_^ –  SPArchaeologist Nov 21 '11 at 16:44

Frustration badge: 5+ answers accepted before hitting the daily rep limit.

Over-and-above badge: contributing significant extra content in an answer after it's already been accepted, but only if the answer then gets another 5 upvotes (to avoid just mindless padding).

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I like the "over & above" idea. –  Joel Coehoorn Jun 29 '09 at 12:54
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Or for getting a 300-point bounty first thing in the morning ;-p –  Marc Gravell Jun 30 '09 at 11:31
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@Rob: UTC, of course. Even if I were residing elsewhere, the day would still start when the rep cap ticked over :) –  Jon Skeet Jul 13 '09 at 20:11
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Frustration badge is now moot with the new rep calc algorithm. –  Jon Seigel Apr 14 '10 at 13:51

Centennial Badge: visited the site each day for 100 years.

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/me tries to picture Jon Skeet at age 133... then regrets it. –  mmyers Jun 29 '09 at 17:28
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/me pictures Jon Skeet right now... then regrets it. :P –  Alvin Row Sep 9 '09 at 3:36
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while cute - it'd be more interesting to extend the fanatic badge to someone who keeps up for a year –  warren Sep 17 '09 at 8:53
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there can be a badge for maximum number of visits. should be like a rolling trophy –  Amsakanna Mar 22 '10 at 11:42

Fan Boy (or Fan Girl) - only ever answers/asks questions on one language (most likely Objective-C)

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I like it too, but it would have to be actually measurable -- 30 consecutive answers to questions that all shared the same tag.... –  John Pirie Jun 29 '09 at 12:35
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Not a behavior we want to encourage. –  Joel Coehoorn Jun 29 '09 at 12:51

Chart Topper - asked the most up-voted question (and/or answer) that week, it should be awarded multiple times.

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I like this one as well! –  Damien Jun 29 '09 at 10:56
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Wiki questions excluded? –  mmyers Jun 29 '09 at 17:29

Two serious ones:

Big Day -- capped out on rep in a given day

Quality Poster -- (pick your metrics but let's say) last twenty answers yielded 50 upvotes, at least 4 accepted answers, and no downvotes

I really believe in a Quality Poster badge. Would help distinguish professionals from rep-whores.

And how about

Curmudgeon -- last 100 votes, more down than up

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I like quality poster it promotes high quality answers. –  rjstelling Jun 29 '09 at 12:42
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Isn't the Big Day basically a Jon Skeet badge? I don't think he's ever failed to hit the cap. As a one-time-only bronze badge, it might be useful, though, since it would stop new users from asking "Why didn't I get rep from my last three upvotes?" –  mmyers Jun 29 '09 at 17:32
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As for the quality poster, that would be rather hard to get. I say that because in my last twenty answers, I have 96 upvotes, 8 accepted answers, and 2 downvotes. It's hard to not have a single downvote -- unless you post so many answers a day that the random week-later up and downvotes don't affect your last twenty answers (twenty answers ago for me was June 20), and you avoid saying anything even mildly controversial in the first place. –  mmyers Jun 29 '09 at 17:43
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+1 for Curmudgeon in some form. The name is too good. :-) –  Quinn Taylor Jun 30 '09 at 14:45
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@John Pirie - for those badges you mentioned, "poster whim" aggregates over time though. Having a "no downvotes" criteria would really harm the Quality badge concept. I've seen people come into a question and downvote every single answer for no discernible reason. It also opens the potential badge earner to easy sabotage. –  womp Jul 4 '09 at 5:30
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I think Big Day could be awarded on the first time. But I DO NOT like "Quality Poster". It encourages users to answer CERTAIN questions, instead of contributing to as many questions as possible. Generally, we want users to provide answers wherever they have something useful to say. So, I might disagree with an accepted answer, but I might not post, because I really want that "Quality Poster" badge. That is not behaviour we would want to encourage. –  devinb Jul 14 '09 at 13:17
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Mortarboard is now implemented for Big Day. –  Gnome Apr 8 '10 at 7:04

Rockefeller / Gates - You have to buy it, and it costs 20k in reputation

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CoD prestige mode. –  Travis Jun 29 '09 at 13:44
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Rep sinks, sounds like a great idea. –  jjnguy Jul 1 '09 at 22:25
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I like the idea of buying badges with rep. Very interesting. –  JohnFx Aug 19 '09 at 1:50
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Jon Skeet wouldn't buy it just to spite us all. –  Alvin Row Sep 9 '09 at 3:35
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Yeah, but all the badge whores would, making it easier for the rest of us to identify and ignore them. –  Chris Charabaruk Sep 13 '09 at 15:57
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@Tom: lol...I wonder if I could get a rep loan to get that badge...do we have a 20 year mortgage available? –  IAbstract Feb 4 '10 at 23:26

<obligatory>
Badges? We don't need no stinkin' badges!
</obligatory>

Part of the design of the system is that badges are strictly awarded for behaviour that we want to encourage. "Odd, random criteria" would fall outside of that area.

That said, having a tag here on the meta site specifically for badge suggestions would be a great idea.

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Something for posting an accepted anwser once a day for 15-30 days. Don't know what you could call it..

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Good idea. See "Hot Streak", as someone called it in a higher-voted answer. –  Quinn Taylor Jul 10 '09 at 21:07

Hot Streak - name for Damien idea

Something for posting an accepted anwser once a day for 15-30 days. Don't know what you could call it..

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Beginners Luck - accepted answer in the first 2 days of joining / or with you first ever answer.

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except most of us could never get this since we're already here :( –  warren Sep 17 '09 at 8:54
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not that I'm complaining, mind you :D –  warren Sep 17 '09 at 8:54

Chatter Box - ratio of comments to answers is 10:1 or above.

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I'm probably pretty close to that on SO (and I bet many would have this on MSO). –  Zifre Jul 8 '09 at 14:53

Scatter Gun - more that 5 answers to the same question, each must have 2+ votes.

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That would encourage spamming. :/ –  Arnis L. Jul 4 '09 at 12:47
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Spammers don't need encouraging, but it might encourage poor answers. –  rjstelling Jul 4 '09 at 12:49
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Spammers wouldn't get upvotes... there's no problem with this –  Zifre Jul 8 '09 at 14:52
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Yes they won't get upvotes, but when they try to get the scatter gun badges, there will be spams created (no upvotes but still the spams existed) –  Unreality Aug 6 '09 at 2:25

Narcissist - accept 10 of your own answers (must have up votes)

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I do this (though it may not get upvotes), on grounds that sometimes the answer reached is inspired by, but very different to, the answers I received. I'll upvote the inspiration(s) and then accept the solution I actually used. –  Margaret Jul 4 '09 at 7:17
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I've answered a few of my questions simply b/c I found an answer or derived one from another source when none of the other answers would pan out. –  IAbstract Feb 4 '10 at 23:35

Unselfishness — For people who consistently post good answers in obscure or low-view tags.

Despite the joking about Objective-C fanboys, one of the perennial frustrations is that so few people view or vote on questions in that tag. My highest-voted SO answer was (still is) a semi-flippant one to a question with a Java tag. :-/

Sure, we post for a given language because we love it and/or use it all the time, but also because we care to help other users of the language. Nobody's hating on the Java or C# dudes, probably because they're in the majority, but does that necessarily make one any less of a fanboy? :-)

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Maybe we need a list of some overlooked tags; I'd happily peruse a few to watch (and vote) for general quality of the Qs&As - although I'm not qualified to comment on technical accuracy. –  Marc Gravell Jun 30 '09 at 14:29
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Yeah, but moderators shouldn't have to artificially inflate the stats for our pathetic little tags. :-) It should really come from the people who benefit from the tag, although getting people to vote (well) is tough. –  Quinn Taylor Jun 30 '09 at 18:19
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what if lower use tags had some way (trigger, threshold) of dishing bonus rep for accepted or up-voted answers? –  IAbstract Feb 4 '10 at 23:23
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Good idea, but I think this speaks more to getting people to vote, than force-rewarding the the heroes. –  Chris S May 24 '10 at 18:57

Bounty Hunter — Given the first time your answer is accepted for a bountied question. Generally they're harder to answer anyway. (Or as @Alconja suggested with Capitalist, for answering only bountied questions, something like that.)


Edit: Just found this related MSO question, and of course the idea originated from Jon Skeet. How could I expect otherwise? ;-)

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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.

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now this is a good one –  Jeff Atwood Jun 30 '09 at 22:38
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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
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Not sure about the name though (chacha.com/question/what-is-a-self&%2345%3B-defeatist). How about "Selfless", "Constructive", "Supportive", "Principled"... Hmm, or even "Fair Play", "Sportsmanship" :) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sportsmanship If negative badges were given, "Sore Loser" would be a nice one for some (opposite) situations. –  Jonik Jul 1 '09 at 9:22
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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
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@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
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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
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@Bill: Good idea. It could be awarded at 100-upvote intervals. –  gnostradamus Jul 14 '09 at 14:04
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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. –  LeakyCode Jul 21 '09 at 16:22
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@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
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@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
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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
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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
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@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

There are several badges related to having an accepted answer (Scholar, Enlightened, Guru) but none that relate to achieving a certain threshold of accepted answers. For example, knowing somebody has had 10/50/100 answers accepted would increase my confidence that they know what they're talking about (not just throwing out lots of mildly helpful answers over time), and is yet another way to reward people who provide an excellent answer.

Here are a few name ideas such badges...

  • Aficionado
  • Master
  • Philosopher
  • Pundit
  • Sage
  • Savant

In speaking with the SO team about this earlier, they suggested that "there's a 'rich get richer' problem with this style of award." I can see how that can certainly happen, but I see it in a different way...

People who strive to provide good answers in less-popular tags (such as Cocoa and Objective-C, like I do) will likely never get enough votes/views/favorites to earn most of the popularity-related badges. In contrast, an "N accepted answers" badge can be earned through technical knowledge and helpfulness, without being tied to a popular technology. (Or posting a subjective/controversial/funny question/answer, whether intentionally or not.)

Of course, if knowledgeable people start answering every question just to "level up" on accepted answers, I can see how newer members can feel left out. However, I (like to) think most people aren't prone to abuse the system that way, and more good answers does benefit the community as a whole.

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I totally agree with your reasoning regarding less-popular tags. For me, it's rare to find MATLAB answers with more than 10 votes, hence "Nice Answer" or "Enlightened" badges are hard to come by (I only have 1 of each for all the MATLAB answers I've given). –  gnostradamus Jun 30 '09 at 18:15
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I hear what you're saying, but this badge would have massive side effect of badge inflation for all the popular topics. Big big downside. –  Jeff Atwood Jun 30 '09 at 22:39
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@Jeff - I understand the point about inflation, but how bad would this be? There can only be one accepted answer per question, so with 200k questions on the site.. if the threshold was set at 100 accepted answers, we're talking maximum 2000 badges awarded, and probably much less than that? I'd really like to see a couple more badges around the "accepted answer" functionality. It's important that really specific or niche questions get the help they seek, and the system currently doesn't really encourage answering questions that might not attact much attention. –  womp Jul 3 '09 at 21:28
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A scaling factor related to the number of questions in the category would help ease the inflation effect for popular categories –  Gabriel Hurley Oct 22 '09 at 23:35
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Must find others name for "Master", "Sage" and "Savant" badges because they are "Rank" for "Experts" on Experts-Exchange. –  DavRob60 Jul 13 '10 at 14:18

Compulsive Voter — For those of us who consistently use up our daily votes.

This obviously has negative incentives for stuffing the ballot box, usually with upvotes. I see it more as a humorous badge, anyway.

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I just had to give that +1. –  Axeman Jul 14 '09 at 13:23

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