I would like to propose that some received badges are automatically added to all the SE profiles. I'm talking about badges that reward the user for making use of/exploring some of the SE features. For example, the purpose of the
Cleanup badge is to reward the first-time use of the rollback option. After performing the rollback and receiving the badge, I'm now aware of this functionality and others can view my profile and see that I'm aware of it.
Receiving this badge again on another SE-site doesn't feel like a reward, but not having this badge on my profile looks awkward as it seems that I don't know about the basic usage of SE-sites. So I might be inclined to do rollbacks on all my SE-sites just for the sake of showing the badge.
I argue that this functionality could be applied to some 'first time' badges, like:
Citizen Patrol and maybe also
An argument could be made, saying: "These badges indicate the involvement of the user on this particular SE site, so they shouldn't be automatically awarded". I agree, but I see these trivial badges as analogous to the 100 rep you get on all SE sites when reaching 200 rep on one SE-site.
Users having 101 rep on a SE site which they rarely visit doesn't show their gained trust/expertise in that particular SE-site either, and only shows their involvement in some other SE-site (thereby freeing them from some trivial first-time SE-site usage phases). Similarly, users having the suggested badges on all SE-sites doesn't show their activity on that particular SE-site, but it does show that the user is aware of the functionalities of SE and it frees him/her from having the achieve them again.
** EDIT **
From the comments and answers, it seems that my main point is missed. I argue that some of the suggested badges (most notably
Citizen Patrol) mainly have a informative role, by rewarding the user for using features of SE, instead of a Q&A role, i.e. rewarding the user for participating in the direct Q&A process. Once the user has been informed, there won't be any value in rewarding the user again with this badge. Hence I suggest that this badge is automatically added to all the SE profiles of this user.
** EDIT 2 **
I see that many people dislike this proposal, which is fine, but I haven't yet seen any good reasons for disliking it. Thus, I'm not convinced that it doesn't make any sense. So here is another edit to prove my point.
Jeff Atwood succinctly described the benefit of badges, saying that
..badges encourage new behaviors that are both positive for the community and for the user.
Notice the focus on 'new'. This can be interpreted in two ways. Lets use the roll back example again:
- Rolling back on each SE-site is considered as a positive new behavior for both the community and the user.
- The very first time a user performs a roll back on any SE-site is considered as a positive new behavior for both the community and the user.
I favor the 2nd view, which makes more sense to me, because it is a new positive behavior for both the community and the user. In the 1st case, I think that the rollback is neither new for the community nor for the user.
In the 1st view, the user performed a rollback before so it is not new for him/her. I interpret community as SE community, so it is not a new behavior for the SE community either. If you view each SE-site as a separate community (i.e., a user performing a rollback for the first time on a specific SE-site is considered as positive new behavior for the community), then still it doesn't hold as Jeff specifies that both the behavior should be positive for both the community and the user. Only one scenario is left: If also you think that a user rolling back on each specific SE-site should be considered as new positive behavior for the user, then Jeff's definition holds and you could disagree with my proposal.
So to be clear, I think that at least for the user, rolling back on each site is not a new behavior, thus it doesn't qualify for receiving a badge and to overcome this the
Cleanup badge should be awarded to all the profiles of the user once the user performs his/her very first rollback on a SE-site..