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What does the word "convention" connote in the context of the Convention badge?

The description of "10 posts with a score of 2 on meta" is unambiguous, but the choice of name isn't clear to me.

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I know voting is different on meta, but I'm a little baffled by the downvote on this question. –  Igby Largeman Feb 9 '12 at 5:39

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Well if you look at the definition of convention:

con·ven·tion [kuhn-ven-shuhn]

noun

  1. a meeting or formal assembly, as of representatives or delegates, for discussion of and action on particular matters of common concern.
  2. U.S. Politics. a representative party assembly to nominate candidates and adopt platforms and party rules.
  3. an agreement, compact, or contract.
  4. an international agreement, especially one dealing with a specific matter, as postal service or copyright.
  5. a rule, method, or practice established by usage; custom: the convention of showing north at the top of a map.

It's basically describing the community. Posting things on meta is a way of contributing your ideas to the community, such as debating a topic, or whatever the case may be. By receiving 2 upvotes on 10 of your posts, you're also showing a sense of agreement among the community.

Similarly, check the definition of quorum:

quo·rum [kwawr-uhm, kwohr-]

noun

  1. the number of members of a group or organization required to be present to transact business legally, usually a majority.
  2. a particularly chosen group.

I think this one makes less sense than that of Convention...

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I had the same idea as you suggest, but it seemed vague, so I thought maybe I'm just completely missing something. I agree about the Quorum badge. –  Igby Largeman Feb 9 '12 at 5:41

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