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What's the point of having a Precognitive badge on Area 51 itself, since no one could have earned it?

It's on Stack Overflow to make people aware of Area 51, as mentioned here, but this reason wouldn't apply if you're already on Area 51.

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closed as off topic by Cody Gray, Andrew Barber, Pops, kiamlaluno, ChrisF Apr 13 '12 at 10:04

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SOFU/MSO also have it. –  Manishearth Apr 6 '12 at 6:16
    
Jeff's full explanation linked to there is a complete answer to this question. Read it... not just someone's partial quote. –  Andrew Barber Apr 6 '12 at 6:18
    
Convenience link to Jeff's full answer. –  Pops Apr 6 '12 at 14:21

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Which reason? He gave three:

  • visit Area 51 (and we provide a handy link in the badge description itself) -- win OK, not applicable
  • look at upcoming site proposals -- still applicable
  • follow likely proposals, which requires reading them and deciding if they have a chance -- still applicable

The fact is, there is no real incentive for a user to use area51, even if they've seen it--till they see the precognitive badge somewhere. Agreed that a user will most probably have already started doing stuff in area51 before they check out the badges, but I see no pressing reason to remove it.

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Yeah it is. I was just thinking that it creates confusion about the badge, if someone sees it only there. –  noob Apr 6 '12 at 6:34

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