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Although I have no doubt that this badge idea would get shot down, I find it amusing to think about.

Questions and answers would be able to accumulate special votes (almost like flagging a post) where each vote would be the equivalent to the voter facepalming. If you as a voter find the post jaw-dropping in the not-so-good way, facepalm at it.

Enough votes (say 10 or more facepalms) would trigger a special badge of shameful humor. It wouldn't have any more negative side effects than temporary embarrassment for the user, but it could serve as a reminder to think before you post.

The most famous facepalm in the world

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How do I vote this question for the facepalm badge? –  Hilarious Comedy Pesto Jun 30 '09 at 18:11
    
+1, but only for Facepalm. We might have to add a Double Faceplam as well. –  Thomas Owens Jun 30 '09 at 18:12
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@Thomas Owens: That would be the "headdesk". –  Hilarious Comedy Pesto Jun 30 '09 at 18:13
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Pesto: You must vote for the badge first, then we can all facepalm at this together. –  TheTXI Jun 30 '09 at 18:13
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Would easily lead to new users being outcast by the system, who may be unaware of the humor involved and become discouraged. –  Ian Elliott Jun 30 '09 at 18:15
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@Ian: Well, that actually sounds like a positive then! –  GEOCHET Jun 30 '09 at 18:17
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Ian: I would posit the argument that if you are capable of making a large number of the community bestow a facepalm badge on you, and you get discouraged to the point where you leave...then the community just was bettered as a whole. It not only prevents another amazing showing of dumbness, but prevents another thin-skinned user from whining about something else later on down the road. –  TheTXI Jun 30 '09 at 18:26
    
I realize that it's useful to get rid of these people, but this is a business after all, and every user is valuable no matter how little or how vast their knowledge. Newer users are more likely to click ads :) –  Ian Elliott Jun 30 '09 at 18:43
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@Ian: And stupid users are more likely to make the good users who actually care about the site leave in mass numbers. –  GEOCHET Jun 30 '09 at 18:49

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up vote 11 down vote accepted

We only want to encourage good behavior with badges, not negative behavior.

Funny concept though.

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I had better get to work on a boring, pointless question to earn my Tumbleweed badge <grin>. –  Robert Cartaino Jun 30 '09 at 18:26
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Tumbleweed is throwing those users who had very bad results with their question a little bone. –  Jeff Atwood Dec 7 '09 at 0:11

Funny idea.

But, if anything, it should be a self-awarded badge. Otherwise it's mean.

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If it's self-awarded, then it's kinda like the "Peer Pressure" badge. –  gnostradamus Jun 30 '09 at 18:36
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facepalm . –  GEOCHET Jun 30 '09 at 18:36
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The point is that voting to give someone else a negative badge is borderline hostile. –  Assaf Lavie Jun 30 '09 at 19:11
    
If you make an insanely dumb post which X number of people thought was mindblowing, you'd probably get more discouraged from the downvotes it is sure to collect more than you would from the cheeky badge. –  TheTXI Jun 30 '09 at 19:39
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plz tell me why u downvoted mah facepalm i beleive it added lots 2 tihs discussion –  Kaleb Brasee Jan 30 '10 at 0:49

Isn't this what down-votes are for?

If you make it a badge, good or bad, people will want it. Basically you're just encouraged bad questions..

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This would just encourage spiteful behavior from users who could cast a vote for such a badge.

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