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To recognize and encourage those who participate in the election process, we are adding a few badges. First, we'll be adding a Caucus badge for visiting the election (we double checked the spelling), this can be awarded multiple times and will be retroactively awarded for previous election participation.

Another badge we want to add is for voting in the election, we'll be adding this in the next few days but want to get a great name for it, the names thrown out internally are:

  • Rocked the Vote (trademarked, we may have issues here)
  • I Voted
  • Hanging Chad
  • Ballot Stuffing

What name should this badge have? Give us your best.

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I'm incredibly surprised there was never a badge-request for this... They suggest them for everything else... –  animuson Jun 8 '12 at 19:04
    
Electorate is already taken, sadly... –  Oded Jun 8 '12 at 19:04
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I'd personally avoid the ones with somewhat negative connotations, like "Ballot Stuffing" or "Hanging Chad". It is supposed to be encouraging positive behavior, no? ;) –  gnostradamus Jun 8 '12 at 19:04
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I'm from Chicago: "Vote Early, Vote Often", where we also have "Ghost Voting". –  LarsTech Jun 8 '12 at 19:05
    
I hated having the name Chad during that election! –  Chad Ferguson Jun 8 '12 at 19:05
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"Hanging Chad" also sounds like something that doesn't make any sense outside the US. –  Anna Lear Jun 8 '12 at 19:09
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Perhaps "Community Voice"? –  Oded Jun 8 '12 at 19:09
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I think We the People sounds pretty cool. –  animuson Jun 8 '12 at 19:10
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Can we get a silver badge for voting X times in an election? –  Jon Ericson Jun 8 '12 at 19:12
    
@Oded since Electorate is taken, Electric looks like second best to me –  gnat Jun 8 '12 at 19:15
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mic drop. I will also accept "By Popular Demand", just to confuse Popular Demand –  Tim Stone Jun 8 '12 at 19:16
    
I like Partisan but it has a negative connotation in the US. –  Ben Brocka Jun 8 '12 at 19:34
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I won't suggest Gerrymandering then :) –  ChrisF Jun 8 '12 at 19:39
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[status-hasvoted] –  Dennis Jun 8 '12 at 19:58
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Long Live the King, just to see Evan Carroll flame about the mods being all-powerful monarchical dictators. –  jadarnel27 Jun 8 '12 at 20:03

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up vote 22 down vote accepted

Well, we already used the terms "Electorate" and "Vox Populi" for other voting badges, but Constituent is still open.

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I'm not completely comfortable with "Constituent"... we're electing moderators, not politicians. –  Pops Jun 8 '12 at 19:41
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@PopularDemand: The definition isn't necessarily tied to politics: "One that authorizes another to act as a representative". –  gnostradamus Jun 8 '12 at 19:46
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I am aware. But still. Feels weird to me. –  Pops Jun 8 '12 at 19:47

Democracy in Action (just for voting)

Although I don't think it would work due to it having 3 words...

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or just "Democratic" –  LarsTech Jun 8 '12 at 19:11
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@LarsTech I was thinking about that, but then all the US Republicans would yell at me.... –  amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Jun 8 '12 at 19:12
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or "Democracy Inaction"... –  robert Jun 9 '12 at 3:39

by the people

for the badge for voting in the election

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"None of the Above" gets my vote...

If nothing else, it is obscure enough that people will look it up.

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Technically you should get such a badge by not voting –  Ben Brocka Jun 8 '12 at 19:31
    
I think it's so overused that nobody will look it. Also, since it is "designed to allow the voter to indicate disapproval of all of the candidates in a voting system", it's inherently negative towards the moderator candidates. I can say I have never felt the anywhere near the same disapproval of all of the candidates in a SO election as I have for US elections! If only real-life elections were like SO elections the world would be a better place, IMO. –  The Unhandled Exception Jun 8 '12 at 19:48
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@TheUnhandledException: that's the difference between SO and the US...you've actually got to prove your usefulness on SO (something money can't buy). –  user7116 Jun 8 '12 at 20:29
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Well said @sixlettervariables! –  The Unhandled Exception Jun 8 '12 at 20:29

This is tricky, since there are so many kinds of voting on the site, and so many voting-related terms are already in use.

Since voting in moderator elections is open to all non-drive-by users (it only takes 150 rep to participate, after all), it's similar to voting in a Referendum or a Plebiscite in a way that voting on questions and answers isn't.

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Can you make this two answers? I would vote for Plebiscite, if I could do so without voting for Referendum. –  Flimzy Jun 8 '12 at 19:30
    
Plebiscite would work very, very well. –  Makoto Jun 8 '12 at 19:34
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Referendum would be for voting in five or more consecutive moderator elections? –  jcolebrand Jun 8 '12 at 19:36
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Plebiscite sounds like a mineral harvested from the bodies of Plebeians. –  Ben Brocka Jun 8 '12 at 19:41
    
@jcolebrand what's the significance of five? –  Pops Jun 8 '12 at 19:43
    
That it's more than 1? Other than that, nothing in particular. Also, 6 to 8 is so vague, but that could work. –  jcolebrand Jun 8 '12 at 19:44
    
"Plebiscite" unfortunately makes me think of pleb. –  thirtydot Jun 8 '12 at 19:45
    
@jcolebrand: In this case, I believe that the negative connotation is enough of a reason to discount the word. –  thirtydot Jun 8 '12 at 19:54
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I think the negative connotation adds weight to the word... it's a "power to the people" sort of word. –  Flimzy Jun 8 '12 at 19:55
    
@jcolebrand: I think you're taking this too seriously. No, I didn't know any of that stuff. –  thirtydot Jun 8 '12 at 20:08
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I always take words seriously. They're all we have man. You can't go "oh, that word makes me feel bad inside" when it has a concrete meaning. You can, however, talk about how it's a trigger for you based on a past experience. But we can't say "oh, you can't say the word 'Nazi' because that's illegal", words have to be independent of regulation (internal or external) so we can have a discussion about the things the words represent. I believe penultimately in the power of words over all things. –  jcolebrand Jun 8 '12 at 20:13
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Seems like the whole point of this question is to analyze words and phrases for meaning, no? –  Pops Jun 8 '12 at 20:21
    
Just so that I don't look crazy regarding now the deleted comments. Maybe I should just delete all my comments under this answer... –  thirtydot Jun 8 '12 at 22:33

Yea or Nay

or I think the original

Yay or Nay

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This has the same problem as "Electoral College." It's a somewhat voting-related term, but it doesn't describe the system of voting used in moderator elections here at Stack Exchange. –  Pops Jun 8 '12 at 19:54
    
Technically there's no "Nay" vote... –  Ben Brocka Jun 8 '12 at 19:55
    
@BenBrocka: Isn't there in the primary? –  U2744 SNOWFLAKE Jun 8 '12 at 23:03

I Voted

I Voted

I like this because it's a play on the corny stickers here in the USA. It might be too US-centric because of that, but it's also a clear description of what the badge is for. I wasn't clear on if "the names thrown out internally" meant "thrown out there" as in "suggested" or "thrown out" as in "rejected... didn't see it as an answer so I figured I would post it myself. It's too good to pass up!

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sounds like an Apple thing :) "iVoted" –  ajax333221 Jun 8 '12 at 19:35
    
I also support I VOTED –  Harpreet Jun 13 '12 at 18:15

I like @PopularDemand's suggestion of:

Plebiscite

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By Popular Demand

(seriously, 30 chars?)

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We wouldn't want @PopularDemand to get a big head... :P –  Flimzy Jun 8 '12 at 20:07
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Oh, it's far, far too late for that, @Flimzy. See how my avatar isn't a photo of me? It's because my head is already too big to fit. –  Pops Jun 8 '12 at 20:34

I Participated

filler text to fill out 30 characters.

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In what? [filler] –  Daniel Jun 8 '12 at 19:50

What about a silly pun:

Modevoter

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Nothing improves the quality of my day like a silly pun. –  jadarnel27 Jun 8 '12 at 20:23
    
This is the most underrated answer of all imo –  Adam Rackis Jun 8 '12 at 21:52

Voted for moderator so name it

VO: from Voted MO: starting two char of moderator TOR: Last three of Moderator

VOMOTOR

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