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Is something similar possible on the SE network?

  • It should be specific to each site
  • would encourage people to attain badges (and as badges generally encourage better members, everyone wins)
  • Tool tips with descriptions would be good too
  • We could limit the number to something sensible (3,5...?)
  • If no badges are selected, nothing new is displayed.
  • By default the badges could be hidden by roll-over.

Here is a mock up of what I'm after:

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This is purely a matter of convenience, and would remind me to do important things (such as review more).

Second iteration

What if the target badges were put here:

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I've removed references to HUDs and games as people seemed to be getting the wrong idea. –  Pureferret Aug 31 '12 at 0:17
Could the six downvoters leave a comment/upvote the comment that best describes why this is a bad idea (especially when those who dislike it aren't effected)? –  Pureferret Aug 31 '12 at 0:23
Downvoting on meta is different, but I downvoted because I think it's a useless idea. Learn to remember things. –  Dave Newton Aug 31 '12 at 0:50
I'm aware its different, but i see two separate reasons to downvote: This functionality is unneeded (so is the entire menu in my latest edit!) And it would take up space (my latest edit suggests it could go in the drop down menu, so no space used). I just want to improve my idea. –  Pureferret Aug 31 '12 at 0:55

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The primary reason I see this not getting implemented is that Stack Exchange is not a big fan of adding things which allow users to "pick-and-choose" things. Many feature requests in the past have been shot down simply because it would require a new option in the user's preferences. Why? It's not worth the effort.

Letting users pick and choose different badges that they're "aiming" for doesn't help anyone. If they're really that dedicated to earning a badge, chances are they're not going to forget which badges they were trying to get. For instance, I've been aiming for the Sportsmanship badge here on Meta. Whenever I post an answer that gets upvoted, I immediately think "hey, I should check if there's other answers and if they're any good, it will increase my sportsmanship count." I don't need a reminder up at the top to tell me to do that.

You're basically asking SE to take time out to program some trivial thing that you really don't need. If it's really that important to you, take some initiative and achieve it yourself. Try a Sticky Notes Gadget or plain old Post-It Notes next to your computer. I personally keep several pads of post-it notes on my desk for anything I might need them to remind myself about. How hard can it be to write a few badge names and even their descriptions down on a piece of paper or note card, and tape it up next it to computer, or leave it on your desk?

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Thank you for expanding this into an answer, it's much more convincing like this. I still like my idea, but I might be seeing why it wont be approved. –  Pureferret Aug 31 '12 at 0:58

What's a HUD? Ah. So… What's a Heads Up Display? Mmmmh. What on earth are those badges taking up space for? Granted, the site logo is huge, but at least it wastes only screen real estate, not attention as well.

Stack Exchange is not a game.



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I'm not suggesting we turn Stack Exchange into a game. It's only a matter of convenience. There are certain aspects of my SE behaviour I want to alter (I don't review enough) and also badges I want. If I was reminded of them on the front page/screen it would be helpful to me. Perhaps it could be hidden by default, and revealed by a mouse roll over. –  Pureferret Aug 31 '12 at 0:08
@Pureferret: Try a sticky note? –  animuson Aug 31 '12 at 0:13
@animuson A what? =p –  Pureferret Aug 31 '12 at 0:16
@Pureferret Top Google hit for “sticky note”: windows.microsoft.com/is-IS/windows7/products/features/… Though if you use a real computer, something like kde.org/applications/utilities/knotes is more relevant. –  Gilles Aug 31 '12 at 0:18
@Gilles I don't get on with widgets like those. See my edit though; this doesn't need to take up page space. –  Pureferret Aug 31 '12 at 0:20
@Pureferret: Then try a good old-fashioned paper Post-It Note. The flexibility of the paper in the real world allows you to write it any way you want. You can even draw unicorns on it! –  animuson Aug 31 '12 at 0:26
@animuson unicorns FTW! –  Rory Alsop Aug 31 '12 at 0:27
See my recent edit. –  Pureferret Aug 31 '12 at 0:36

Honestly - one click takes you to your badges. Not high effort.

I'd far rather have less on the front page than more.

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Pureferret wants to display a selection of badges that he doesn't have yet (he doesn't specify which). –  Gilles Aug 31 '12 at 0:21
But a different click takes you to the 'all badges' page, which has tick marks against the ones you have. Also no effort. –  Rory Alsop Aug 31 '12 at 0:22
It's one click to get to the them, and then you scroll though to see which you've gotten and which you haven't. If you are active on more than one site remembering which, nd finding them and the explnation is more than one click. See my edit also; this doesn't need to take up page space. –  Pureferret Aug 31 '12 at 0:22
you know you can go to the data stack exchange and write yourself a query that can tell you how long till each badge etc (or more simply - plug together some existing ones) - and set it as a bookmark if you like. –  Rory Alsop Aug 31 '12 at 0:27
@RoryAlsop I know I can do that, but I'm only just learning SQL. I see a lot of the features on stack exchange provide a similar "Could be replicated by external means" functionality, but are still present. –  Pureferret Aug 31 '12 at 0:29
See my recent edit. –  Pureferret Aug 31 '12 at 0:34

You know what would be not terribly difficult to implement OR useful?

Make links to your badge progress as of N weeks ago on SEDE. For instance: http://data.stackexchange.com/stackoverflow/query/7521/how-unsung-am-i (with a userid pre-populated)

That being said, I'm in the process of badge whoring right now, so this post may not be altogether useful.

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