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I suggest two new badges:

  1. Greedo - first bounty earned (bronze)
  2. Boba Fett - earned 2000 rep through bounty (silver)

Imported from Uservoice ticket, "Bounty hunter badges", originally posted by Jon Skeet.

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OMG WANT GREEDO BADGE –  bananakata Jun 30 '09 at 15:43
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It's not so easy to win a bounty, I'd make them silver/gold –  jmfsg Jul 29 '09 at 21:25
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No way! I want an IG-88 (starwars.wikia.com/wiki/IG-88) badge! –  JP Alioto Jul 29 '09 at 21:29
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IG-88 should be somewhere in between Greedo and Boba Fett. (All the information we have indicates that Greedo kind of sucked.) –  Bill the Lizard Jul 30 '09 at 19:29
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@Bill: yeah, Greedo should be awarded for losing a bounty at the last second. –  squillman Aug 15 '09 at 4:17
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I'd rather have a Samus Aran badge –  Kip Sep 10 '09 at 17:26
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@Sam - Nerd fail. The quote (according to IMDB and Wookiepedia) is "Bounty hunters. We don't need their scum." –  Super Long Names are Hilarious Nov 11 '09 at 23:09
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I am confused: how is this status-completed? I don't see any badges for winning bounty listed. –  Mr.Wizard Dec 21 '11 at 16:48
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@Jeff I saw it - the word "bounty" is not even mentioned there.. sorry, I'm confused. –  Shadow Wizard Mar 12 '12 at 22:30
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@Jeff OK fair enough - but looks like this feature request should be marked as declined. Better late than never, if you ask me. :) –  Shadow Wizard Mar 13 '12 at 7:13
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On the off chance this does get implemented, might I nominate Spike Spiegel for a badge name? –  Paul Bellora Nov 16 '12 at 21:21
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This is the worst status-completed of all time. –  NullUserException อ_อ Nov 16 '12 at 23:31
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@NullUserExceptionอ_อ Correction: this is now the worst status-declined of all time. –  Nightfirecat Nov 20 '12 at 19:48
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Would love to see this implemented - I feel that simply being awarded the bounty wouldn't be sufficient enough to merit the badge. I'll flesh out some ideas a bit after the holiday. –  Makoto Nov 23 '12 at 5:41
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Since neither Jeff Atwood nor Sam Saffron work at Stack Exchange anymore (they've moved on to Discourse), can the Stack Exchange staff listen to the community now and implement Bounty Hunter badges? –  Cupcake Jul 27 '13 at 18:37

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Actually that's not bad, both in concept and execution. I'd second that.

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"ditto" gets 5 upvotes? Why didn't I think of that... –  Kelly S. French Jul 29 '09 at 23:13
    
@Kelly try 17, not just 5! (Hmm.. 19 actually but with 2 downvotes) –  Shadow Wizard Mar 13 '12 at 7:14

I definitely want the badges implemented. I would prefer the following however:

  • Bronze for first bounty win
  • Silver for bounty win worth X amount of rep (say minimum of 200)
  • Gold for bounty win worth Y amount of rep (say minimum of 500)
  • Gold for total bounties won worth over 2000 rep
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+1 I like this breakdown. –  squillman Aug 15 '09 at 4:16

I was about to submit a duplicate question before I searched and found this one.

  • 1 bounty won - "Bounty Hunter"
  • 10 bounties won...
  • 100 bounties won...

Maybe we could also (as in have both) award badges for rep won from bounties

  • 100 Jango Fett badge
  • 1000 Greedo badge
  • 5000 Boba Fett badge

Here are some supporting links for more bounty features:

  1. Winning your own bounty
  2. More tag badges
  3. Limits on bounties - also see Jeff's comment on Tim's answer near the bottom
  4. Request for bounty stat display features
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Do you get a "Jenga" Fett badge if someone knocks over your stack of wooden blocks. starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Jango_Fett –  Rich Seller Sep 28 '09 at 7:55
    
I like the concept, but 100 bounties is just too much to be reasonable. 25 should deserve gold. –  Dave A Dec 17 '13 at 5:18

I think despite the common objection, this badge would be a good idea for a few reasons:

  1. Badges are different from rep @Tomas' analogy is apt. "Reputation is like money, whereas a badge is like a present!" When they award a Nobel prize, they don't say "8 million dollars should be enough award for anyone", they also give you a diploma and a gold medal. You could buy a lot of diplomas and gold medals with 8 million dollars, but that isn't really the point.

  2. Plenty of bounties go un-awarded Whether you look at the numbers by total rep or by count on new Questions from January-September about 1/3 have gone un-awarded. That isn't a terrible number, and I realize from looking at that queue myself that's partially because some of the questions that get bountied are just terrible questions to begin with.

  3. It isn't really terribly easy to get a lot of rep from answering bounties Notable exceptions aside (cough @MrGomez), your average rep whore's time is better spent trying to provide definitive answers to fairly simple questions.

  4. Bounties are only offered by contributing members of the community If what it takes for some expert in some obscure technology to click on the 'Featured' tab every so often to check for some troubled community member completely stuck on the same is the promise of accumulating points toward some random badge, I don't see a downside to that.

TLDR version: To me, the reward of helping out on bounty questions is simply helping another developer with a last-ditch attempt to get a problem solved. I really don't see how adding a silly badge or two if it encourages some people to try to do that more often can really be a bad thing.

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3 is probably not true. Bountied questions are seen more (by virtue of the bounty). So a good answer will likely get significantly more upvotes than a similarly good answer on a non-bountied question. Posting good answers on bountied questions is a good rep-building strategy even if the possibility of earning a bounty is disregarded. –  Eliah Kagan Mar 21 '13 at 12:07
    
@EliahKagan I tend to think of bounties as being mainly useful for solving relatively obscure problems. True there is a huge exposure benefit to posting a good answer on a bountied question, but that benefit quickly evaporates when potential voters can't easily verify your information. –  TCPMAN.EXE Apr 1 '13 at 23:56

It would be good to have badges based on answering bounty questions, to stimulate more people working on answering them. Competition is a healthy thing.

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I've been thinking something like kelly s french's idea.

After seeing this thread, I'm surprised something like it hasn't been implemented.

I feel 100 bounties is too high a bar to shoot for gold.

  • 1 bounty awarded (Hired Gun)
  • 10 bounties awarded (Bounty Hunter)
  • 25 bounties awarded (Soldier of Fortune)

Instead (or in addition)

  • 100 rep awarded (Django)
  • 1000 rep awarded (Colt Sever)
  • 2500 rep awarded (Boba Fet)
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This is really old, nonetheless I think it should be declined.

People who win bounties already get a big reputation bump, additionally we are adding 4 bounty related bronze badges for the people we create bounties. Mainly to teach people how the system works.

People who win bounties already get a substantial reward, a huge reputation bump. Additionally, with the badge changes it will be possible to browse through all the bounty questions.

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This is true, however the badge is not only about a reward... it's also about characterizing you. Reputation is not what we want... reputation is like money, whereas badge is like a present! Money anonymously merges with another money, gets spent... but presents (and badges) remain forever as a nice esteem... BTW, would you be satisfied to get money instead of a present for Christmas? Me not! –  Tomas Apr 2 '12 at 22:31
    
@Tomas money could be at some point a present, therefore the word "instead" in your example is not 100% correct –  ajax333221 May 12 '12 at 3:13
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The "huge" boost can be as little as 50, which compares to a modestly popular answer. A "bounty hunter" would be someone who actively helps people with special needs, which is quite a different domain, I think... –  Kerrek SB Sep 9 '12 at 20:45
up vote -25 down vote
+500

http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/07/improvements-to-badge-system/

implemented as

  • promoter
  • benefactor
  • investor
  • altruist
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This seems like a stretch... the OP wanted badges for earning bounties, but the listed badges are related to offering bounties. –  Pops Oct 4 '10 at 18:36
    
@pop see waffles' answer –  Jeff Atwood Mar 12 '12 at 21:16
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@JeffAtwood, waffles' answer is no convincing, we have extra badges Legendary, Epic and Mortarboard for rewarding big reputation bump. Why can't bounty earning apply the same scenario. Besides, voting in this thread really tells all. Most people want Bounty Hunter badges. –  yorkw Apr 24 '12 at 4:29
    
@JeffAtwood what happened to waffles' answer? I don't see it here anymore. –  Cupcake Jul 27 '13 at 18:00
    
Never mind, I was told by animuson that waffles is Sam Saffron, so his answer would be, in fact, this one. –  Cupcake Jul 27 '13 at 18:32

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