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Initial question: Is there a hidden Hacker badge?

I was reading questions on meta about the Generalist badge, and I noticed someone talking about "the Hacker badge", a badge he styled as "the Duke Nukem Forever of StackExchange".

Which is the right explanation:

  • Is there such a thing?
  • Is it the former name of a currently existing badge?
  • Is it an idea that got dropped into the tarpit of time everlasting?
  • Did he smoke pot?

Edit: I found the answer on Should there be a badge for cheating which states there is such a badge.

New question:

How can we see if it has been awarded to other users if it is a hidden badge? Is there some condition to see it (have enough reputation, be a moderator?)

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I'm guessing it would be visible on the user's profile page. – hammar Aug 30 '11 at 13:13
You've just earned a hidden badge! (But you can't see it, of course.) – Grigory M Aug 30 '11 at 13:29
@Grigory M Actually, I assumed the user who got the badged could see it, but I was thinking about other users. I'll edit my question to point this out, thanks for the help. – Kheldar Aug 30 '11 at 13:30
Voting to reopen. Once you know the answer, this question seems silly, but before you know the answer, it's reasonable. – Pops Aug 30 '11 at 14:13
@popular this badge was never implemented and probably won't be at this point, so... done and done. – Jeff Atwood Sep 11 '11 at 7:50
So given Jeff Atwood's definitive answer, there is conflicting information on Meta. The second link my question quotes is mistaken, giving rise to my question. The answer is therefore: THERE IS NO HIDDEN BADGE, IT WAS A POSSIBILITY BUT IT WAS NEVER IMPLEMENTED AND PROBABLY NEVER WILL BE. This by the way involves facts and references, and don't sollicit opinion, debate, arguments, polling or extended discussion, and anyway I'd think that a question that is clearly argumented, well formatted and backed up by fact should not be closed that easily. My own view, though. – Kheldar Sep 21 '11 at 14:04

There are no hidden badges implemented. One was planned, but...

this badge was never implemented and probably won't be at this point
Jeff Atwood♦ Sep 11 '11 at 7:50

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ircmaxell claimed in his moderator nomination that he is a recipient of the "ninja" hidden badge. – Josh Caswell Jan 17 '12 at 22:55
@Problem Huh... I wonder what that means, exactly. Edited to say at least that there are none "implemented", since that seems safer. – Jeremy Banks Jan 17 '12 at 23:00
@Problem See his featured request Create a secret “Ninja” badge, though it could also be interpreted more interestingly. – Jeremy Banks Jan 18 '12 at 9:24

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