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How do “badges” work?
List of all badges with full descriptions

I was looking at somebody's profile on Stack Overflow, and I saw Java was one of the badges (bronze as well as silver).

I appreciate if anybody could explain how tags work as badges.

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marked as duplicate by kiamlaluno, ChrisF, Time Traveling Bobby, Pops, BoltClock's a Unicorn Jan 17 '12 at 19:02

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You may also be interested in the tag-badge-specific answer to the "List of all badges with full descriptions" question. – Pops Jan 17 '12 at 15:16
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All tags have badges - click on the Badges button, then Tags.

Tags get have bronze, silver and gold badges - awarded to people who got 100, 400 and 1000 upvotes on 20, 80 and 200 non-community wiki answers in the topic.

These badges are called tag specialist badges.

See How do "badges" work and What are tag badges? How do they work?.

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A tag has to have 100 questions before the badges are able to be awarded (see What are tag badges?). – Troyen Jan 17 '12 at 18:14

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