This isn't for "badges" in the "achievements" sense as it is commonly seen here. This is for the "identification" type of badge.
This idea occcured to me when I first visited The Assembly. Since this is a chat room specifically created for users of all StackExchange sites to have easy access and visibility to moderators from all over the SE network, I figured it would be good if there was an easy way to figure out who's who in the room.
The diamonds are a good indicator of who has moderator powers. But, in a room full of moderators from all over, it would be more useful to know where they have the moderator powers.
Most users have their primary site tagged in their chat profile, and most moderators also have mention of the sites that they moderate. However, there's a few problems with this, all really stemming from one:
- These are user-defined options.
What I'm suggesting here is that there be another section put into the chat profile, preferably near the top, so that users can see who moderates where. This should be fairly prominent and visible when a user clicks on a moderator's icon in chat. It should also be automatically populated by the system, or manually by SEI as part of conferring moderator status to a user. This can be done by a simple text list, or by badge-like icons.
We've already had a short discussion about this in The Assembly.
Tangentially related: Differentiate between employees and moderators
As @kiamlaluno has mentioned, and I've also touched on, the linking of one's primary site to their chat profile is a necessary part of becoming a moderator. This gives a fair indication of where one moderates by putting the site icon and a link to their site profile in their chat profile. However, there's still a not-insignificant percentage of moderators who handle multiple sites and would not be fully served by the existing system.
In all, we have 23 out of 272 moderators who are multi-site mods. That is excluding those who inherit their MSO moderator rights from being moderators on SO. This translates to about 8.46% or a little better than one in twelve.