As badges are usually for positive behavior (or even consolation - Tumbleweed Badge), it would make sense that we be able to display them on our profile as we like.

There may be a few legitimate reasons for this such as bringing focus to badges we choose (which could be a implemented as a type of custom sort) or "removing" (hiding) badges that we do not want others to view on our profile.

For example, I certainly would consider some tag badges more important to me than others. Or, if someone for any reason does not want a badge visible, say Fanatic, they shouldn't have to avoid earning the badge to shape their profile.

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Why would you not want that badge displayed? Is there a specific badge that you don't want displayed? –  animuson Jan 12 '12 at 22:33
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I'm not sure about some (tumbleweed, enthusiast, unsung hero, others with no good reasons), but none that I have. However, on top of that, it seems that a large number of badges (esp with specific tag badges) often drowns out some badges that are arguably more important - even with class sort. –  Cameron S Jan 12 '12 at 22:38
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It's always been about producing high quality content first; Badges aren't designed to be the focus of the site. All badges encourage good behaviour, badges like Peer Pressure and Disciplined are there to promote good content.

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Sure, but what bout badges like homework and Java? Isn't there a quality issue if they have the same weight and we can't do anything about it? –  Cameron S Jan 14 '12 at 14:24
    
@CameronS Those aren't badges, they're tags. –  Chris Frederick Jan 14 '12 at 17:22
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@Chris From SO: "Silver Badge: Earned 400 upvotes for at least 80 answers in the eclipse tag." Note these are listed with badges on profiles. –  Cameron S Jan 14 '12 at 17:54
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@CameronS Oh, right, sorry. Disregard my earlier comment. :) –  Chris Frederick Jan 14 '12 at 17:59
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