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There are badges for asking questions, and there are badges for answering questions. But what about a badge for people that answer questions and do other things, but without ever asking questions. Maybe I'm so brilliant that I know all the answers (NO). Maybe I'm just afraid of asking my first question (Maybe). Maybe I just really enjoy helping folks get answers to their questions (Yes). But what about those users who give without taking? (If it could be characterized that way, which would be debatable, subjective, case-dependent) -- Do they (we) deserve a badge of their (our) own?

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Well now that you have asked this question you are no longer eligible ;) – Lix Mar 19 '12 at 13:30
@Lix once the dam is bust... – Daniel Fischer Mar 19 '12 at 13:30
..and we retract the badge once a question is asked? – Bart Mar 19 '12 at 13:37
@Bart - Badges are never retracted – cdeszaq Mar 19 '12 at 14:08
@cdeszaq That was somewhat my point. – Bart Mar 19 '12 at 14:09
ok, folks aren't liking it. I'd withdraw the proposal if I could, but once there's an anser, I guess that's not possible, right? – dldnh Mar 19 '12 at 15:11
@dldnh Voting is different on meta. On here, people genuinely do not mean anything negative toward you when they downvote; they are just expressing disagreement with the request. It's a bit weird =) – jadarnel27 Mar 19 '12 at 15:22
heck of a way to encourage discussion! but that's OK, no harm done. :-) – dldnh Mar 19 '12 at 15:23
Indeed! Some people here strongly agree with that sentiment. – jadarnel27 Mar 19 '12 at 15:46
my bad, I guess, for making a [feature-request] and not a [discussion] – dldnh Mar 19 '12 at 15:50
up vote 20 down vote accepted

I'm not a fan of this idea. I realize that the reusable chunks of knowledge that stick around on these sites come from the answerers, so their contributions are very, very important. The fact that upvotes on answers count for more than upvotes on questions is clear evidence that SE (and likely much of the community) supports this position.

However, I would hate to see good, on-topic questions not get asked just because someone is trying to get this badge. The only way we get good answers, is for people to ask questions.

Overall, I don't feel like this badge would encourage good behavior; it would just discourage (some) good answerers from also asking decent questions.

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I definitely understand the point of people withholding good questions. – dldnh Mar 19 '12 at 15:18

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