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How do “badges” work?

On the badges page, some buttons have a yellow circle background:

Zero score accepted answers: more than 10 and 25% of total

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Do you get negative points for these? What is the yellow for?

Also can badges be removed - example, I fill in all my profile and get a badge - can that then be revoked if I remove some of my profile fields once I get the badge (Autobiographer)

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marked as duplicate by Jim, Jeremy Banks, Bart, amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A, ChrisF Aug 30 '12 at 13:49

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See also How do "badges" work?. –  Bart Aug 30 '12 at 13:43
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Ummm Bronze Medal, SIlver Medal and GOLD Medal? –  amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Aug 30 '12 at 13:48
    
-1 not enough jQuery. –  rightføld Aug 30 '12 at 16:27

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These are Gold badges, not yellow, and are considered the cream of the crop when it comes to badges.

See http://stackoverflow.com/badges

The other type of badge is for upvotes on answers taking Jon as an example:

http://stackoverflow.com/users/22656/jon-skeet?tab=badges&sort=recent

You can see that he has loads of badges with a beige background. These are badges earned for his answers being up-voted. They are called tag badges (as they are earned per tag, not feat)

You can see the fill list here:

http://stackoverflow.com/badges?tab=tags

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These are Gold badges.

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The gold badges are rare and hard to earn badges.

Taken from the legend under the badges tab:

Gold Badges are rare. You’ll have to actively work toward these. They’re something of an accomplishment!

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As stated on the badges page of Meta SO for example:

Gold Badges are rare. You’ll have to actively work toward these. They’re something of an accomplishment!

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Excellent - getting votes for just coping the description from the badges page! –  ChrisF Aug 30 '12 at 14:25
    
@ChrisF: He even got the "Teacher" badge. :D –  Tudor Aug 30 '12 at 16:03

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