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I really hope this is not an inappropriate question for Meta Stack Overflow. I want to work towards my first gold badge on Stack Overflow (the main site) and was wondering which gold badge was the most achievable.

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What @Matt says, and you've already got Civic Duty, which means you're at least half way to Electorate so it looks like you'll get that gold badge in no time. –  RivieraKid May 25 '12 at 12:44
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Visit for consecutive 100 days. –  Somnath Muluk May 25 '12 at 13:01
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Well, look at the list and see which one seems easiest to you.

http://stackoverflow.com/badges?tab=general&filter=gold

  1. Fanatic: All you've got to do is visit the site for 100 days (although it's still eluded me for 2 years+)
  2. Marshal: Raise 500 helpful flags
  3. Copy Editor: Edit 500 posts
  4. Electorate: Vote on 600 questions, and vote on at least one question for every three answers you vote on

All of these are nothing more than being bothered to do something. Gold badges such as Great Question and Great Answer require others to upvote the post; the above mentioned don't need any of that.

The numbers next to the badges show how many times each has been awarded. I figure the more times a badge has been awarded, the easier it is to get.

For what it's worth, the first one I got was Marshal.

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My first was Unsung Hero - that's pretty easy to get too, if you're already answering questions ;-) –  RivieraKid May 25 '12 at 12:41
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"Electorate" is less obvious (if not harder) than it seems as you need to stay above the a 1:3 ratio between votes on questions and on answers. –  Shawn Chin May 25 '12 at 12:46
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@RivieraKid I beg to differ. Unsung hero is incredibly hard, I don't think I will ever have a chance of getting that. –  Daniel Fischer May 25 '12 at 13:14
    
what is community wiki in this case? –  TheFisherMan May 25 '12 at 13:23
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@MrLister You have to get your answers accepted, but not upvoted. In some tags, that's easier than in others. In my main tags, good answers very rarely don't get upvoted. –  Daniel Fischer May 25 '12 at 16:57
    
@DanielFischer, I guess I'm just.. um... "lucky" then :-) –  RivieraKid May 25 '12 at 17:00
    
@RivieraKid In terms of gold badges, in terms of rep, not so much ;) –  Daniel Fischer May 25 '12 at 17:02
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The most easy gold badge is Fanatic. Just be active for 100 days in a row and you get it.

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In a way, Copy Editor and Electorate are easier. Spend one day in Hospital or such, and for Fanatic, you're back to 0. On the other hand, if you don't have the bad luck of missing a day due to outer forces, Fanatic is really much easier to get. –  Daniel Fischer May 25 '12 at 13:37
    
Fanatic badge is for fanatic computer users. Non fanatic ones sometimes go for a few days trekking or in any other way far from a connection. I see this one more as an attribute/characteristic than an achievement. –  dystroy May 25 '12 at 14:46
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If you're in hospital and worried about your gold badge streak breaking... well, actually, I guess that does make you a Fanatic. –  Pops May 25 '12 at 22:30
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For both Copy Editor and Electorate you need more than 1 reputation. So you need the action of others. –  Toon Krijthe May 26 '12 at 13:11
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I think the Electorate badge is by far the easiest to earn. All you have to do is upvote 600 questions. You have a max of 40 votes you can use in one day. So you could earn the Electorate badge in a mere 15 days.

On contrast the Fanatic badge takes 100 days to earn and takes some discipline to make sure that you visit the site every day. For me that can be difficult. I usually seem to miss a day on the weekend.

The Marshall and Copy Editor badge could be earned fairly quickly as well. However, you have to do a lot of reviewing and you may go crazy in the process.

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Going purely by statistics (http://stackoverflow.com/help/badges), as of March 22, 2014, 125000 users have received the Famous Question Gold Badge. That out-ranks each of the next two most common Gold Badges, Fanatic and Great Answer, ten to 1. I'd say asking a popular, solid, new question is the best bet.

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Why the down votes? If you asked, "What class is easiest to get an A in?" and the statistics showed that 200,000 people got an A in Underwater Basket Weaving whereas only 20,000 got in A in any other class, then I would say Underwater Basket Weaving is the easiest class. –  Kirby Mar 24 at 18:11
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