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If I refresh a question (to check if there are news) the counter for the number of views goes up with +1. So, before that the suggestion as in the title of this question could be applied, it should change.

I'm thinking about a ratio about the moment a user registered and the number of questions that user actually viewed. For example, if I would register a new account today and after 3 months I read 2 questions, and one of these was mine, then I should be awarded either some negative badge or a - X reputation points decrease.

If I would register a new account and in 3 months I viewed 100 questions, then I should be awarded either some positive (good) badge or a + X reputation increase (because it seems that I would learn more before asking only).

What do you think about?

After the answers of @Aleanno and @NickCraver I would underline that the suggestion could be applied only to the "positive badge" or "positive reputation" and not for the negative badge/reputation.

I thought at good and bad badge/reputation because you could agree or disagree with some things. Similar to upvotes and downvotes!

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I'm not sure I understand you. Are you suggesting a system that "rewards" users for looking at a lot of posts before asking, and "penalizes" users that ask questions but don't read other user's questions first? (Or something like that.) – Mat Jan 31 '12 at 11:15
@Mat I think he's asking for that, more or less. – Alenanno Jan 31 '12 at 11:20
@ mat : yes you're right! – Filippo1980 Jan 31 '12 at 13:56

We don't penalize users for lack of good behavior, we use a positive reward system here.

Badges exist to reward and encourage the kind of positive behavior we want in our community.

At least half this request won't work, because we're not going to strip your rep and brand you with a negative badge just for not being active...that's just not how we roll.

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+1 That's also true! (I'm going to bookmark that.) :) – Alenanno Jan 31 '12 at 11:48
@ Nick : I knew that there was a "bad badge" and I award it for a question in stackoverflow: the Tumbleweed badge! However, as I said in an edit, my suggestion can be accepted partially with only the "positive" bonus... – Filippo1980 Feb 6 '12 at 16:46

For views (on your questions), we have:

  1. (Bronze) Popular Question Badge: Asked a question with 1,000 views. This badge can be awarded multiple times.

  2. (Silver) Notable Question Badge: Asked a question with 2,500 views. This badge can be awarded multiple times.

  3. (Gold) Famous Question Badge: Asked a question with 10,000 views. This badge can be awarded multiple times.

Now, if I got it right, you're asking to be awarded a badge, just because you visited N questions? I don't see how that could be considered a "merit", if we exclude the badges that are awarded because you visited the site: Enthusiast (silver) and Fanatic (gold) badges.

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@ Alenanno : well I consider a merit if someone read many questions without ask all times for something that someone already wrote... – Filippo1980 Jan 31 '12 at 13:48
@Filippo1980 Ok but how can you measure that? How do you know the difference (for me) between a question that I'm reading our of curiosity and one that I'm reading because it treats about my problem? It's not measurable. – Alenanno Jan 31 '12 at 13:57
@Filippo1980 - Simply viewing a question doesn't imply anything about reading the question. – cdeszaq Jan 31 '12 at 14:44
You are right, nobody can know why I open a certain question but I would tell you a thing: also the two badges that alenanno mentioned could be awarded simply opning for 3 seconds the site all days for XX days and nobody could check that! – Filippo1980 Jan 31 '12 at 15:09

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