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This badge would be awarded to users when over 50 of their non-CW answers (and over 50% of all non-CW answers) are voted best in the thread, excluding zero-score answers.

I'm not sure whether the requirements should be changed a little, nor whether the badge should be gold or silver. Originally I had thought to include best or second best answers in a thread, but changed my mind after calculating my own stats on ELU: out of 145 answers, 61% are voted best, 25% second best, 10% neither, and 5% zero-vote (therefore not counted). I didn't check on anyone else, so I don't know if these badge requirements should be changed at all; I figured that someone with all the SE data would be able to calculate other people's stats much more efficiently.

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You should exclude answers which are the only ones for the question. – Paŭlo Ebermann Aug 20 '11 at 19:57
Sometimes there is already a good answer to a question, and it's voted up, but there is a different, good approach that deserves mention. This badge would discourage you from posting this useful information., since (at least on SO) the first rush of views is where most of the votes come from. – agf Aug 20 '11 at 20:02
I still think there should be a way to implement the idea of dependability in a badge, even if it isn't exactly this way. Recognition for users who know their stuff. Of course, one could argue that rep does that trick, but rep does a lot of tricks which badges can and do supplement. E.g. why is there a badge for a 100-vote answer when the poster already would usually get in excess of 500 rep and a couple silver badges? It's an extra. – Daniel Aug 20 '11 at 20:09
I disagree @agf, I think that would be more of an edge case which could fall under the other 50%. Whereas it would encourages users to make useful contributions; however, if deleted questions are ignored it might encourage users to delete answer which others would've found useful. – M. Tibbits Aug 20 '11 at 20:18
I don't have an opinion one way or the other on this idea. (I guess -0?) I just don't think it would have an unequivocally positive effect, and I wanted to point out the potential downside. – agf Aug 20 '11 at 20:33
I'd like to rather see a badge for someone who after receiving upvotes, deletes his question and then upvotes a better question which receives acceptance. – Brian Aug 21 '11 at 2:04
@Paŭlo: But someone is still dependable if his answer is the only one, right? When uncontested and upvoted, an answer should still be eligible, (or so think I). – Daniel Aug 22 '11 at 0:54
The point is that it is easy being highest voted when your answer is the only one. (On the other hand, this might finally be a badge for people in small tags.) So take your percentage only from the answers which are not the only ones on the question. – Paŭlo Ebermann Aug 22 '11 at 0:57
Accepts do not pertain to this, though - votes do. That makes all the difference. – Daniel Aug 22 '11 at 0:58
@0A0D: There is already the Disciplined badge, for deleting, and Sportsmanship for upvoting many competing answers. – Paŭlo Ebermann Aug 22 '11 at 1:03
@Paŭlo: My point is basically that though it may be easy being highest voted if your answer is the only one, that is a big if. If you weren't dependable, your answer would either be contested or downvoted (or both). If your answer is neither contested nor downvoted, it should count, IMHO. – Daniel Aug 22 '11 at 17:05

I've created a Data Explorer query to try this out. It shows your "dependable" answers (those which are the highest voted, but not the only answer, in a non-CW question). Have a look at the number of rows returned to see if you'd be eligible for the badge.

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