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Per-site metas lists some badges that are impossible to get. For example http://meta.tex.stackexchange.com/badges lists:

But these are impossibly to get because per-site metas do not support bounties, were not in a beta stage or Area 51 proposals. I therefore suggest that these badges are removed from the per-site metas. They have no function and they are confusing.

There are already badges that are unavailable on per-site metas but available on the main sites:

This seems to suggest that per-site metas should only contain badges that can be possibly awarded.

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Your blank gravatar confused me! :( –  Martin. Feb 10 '12 at 13:33
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I'd think that removing them would be even more confusing. Meta sites are where you go to learn about a Stack Exchange site. As such, I think we want all the badges listed there. The fact that some of the badges can't be awarded on the Meta site is irrelevant. (There's one badge that can't be awarded on Stack Overflow, but it's still listed just for the sake of having a complete list.)

Maybe instead we could add an asterisk (linking to a note at the bottom of the page) to those badges that aren't awarded on a site or its Meta?

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which badge is that? –  Shmuel Brin May 31 '12 at 23:34
@ShmuelBrin The Precognitive badge can't be awarded on SO. –  Bill the Lizard Jun 1 '12 at 0:40
Why aren't there Quorum and Convention badges on per-site metas then? –  doncherry Jun 3 '12 at 22:21
@doncherry Good question! That does seem to be inconsistent. –  Bill the Lizard Jun 4 '12 at 0:48
@doncherry Neither are the new election participation badges, Caucus and Constituent, on the per-site metas. I think the inconsistency should be fixed by removing all the impossible badges from per-site metas (rather than adding some impossible badges that are not there) and have updated my question accordingly. –  N.N. Jul 10 '12 at 6:49
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