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... do you upvote it so they get a badge?

Sometimes I do...

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Sorry... I'm bored... so sue me –  jmfsg Jul 29 '09 at 19:14
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Can I interest you in a few posts... :-P –  Timothy Carter Jul 29 '09 at 19:16
    
There, enjoy your new badge :) –  jmfsg Jul 29 '09 at 19:20
    
haha, I thank you sir. –  Timothy Carter Jul 29 '09 at 19:21
    
damn, forgot to wikifi and got 2 downvotes –  jmfsg Jul 29 '09 at 19:27
    
If Id get a badge evertime my answer didn't get critical mass... –  Ivo Flipse Jul 29 '09 at 19:27
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Badges? We don't need not stickin'... oh shiny –  Rob Allen Jul 29 '09 at 19:40
    
A bell rings everytime someone gets a 'Nice Answer' badge. –  Lance Roberts Jul 29 '09 at 19:53
    
Thanks for the last vote! –  jmfsg Oct 13 '10 at 3:25

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up vote 15 down vote accepted

Sometimes if I see a particularly good answer — something worth voting for twice if I could — I'll check that user's profile and look for another deserving answer with 9 votes, so I can "give" them a badge.

The most recent case was this answer, because it really advanced my understanding of javascript, but I couldn't find a 9-vote post for that user.

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Not a bad idea. –  mmyers Jul 29 '09 at 19:43
    
There, I gave him a badge for you. –  mmyers Jul 29 '09 at 19:50

Not if it sucks.

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But if it got 9 votes it must not suck –  jmfsg Jul 29 '09 at 19:18
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Ah, Juan... your sunny optimism brightens my day. ;-) –  Shogging through the snow Jul 29 '09 at 19:20

I don't care if 9 other people think it's good. I upvote when I think it's good.

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I always do. It feels good to hand out badges.

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I usually try to disregard the current total as best I can and vote based on the merit of the answer alone.

Sometimes I wonder if the 10-vote threshold is intimidating to people, since a number of my answers tend to asymptote to around +9. They get a quick surge of votes and then just stagnate.

Maybe they should make a new badge: The "So close" badge for when you have an answer that is stuck at +9 for a few months. ;)

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Even better if it was the first answer and was accepted. I've got a couple of those. –  mmyers Jul 30 '09 at 19:20

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