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Right now there are simply the colors of Silver, Gold and Bronze to indicate the badges. I think there should be some sort of design like the Xbox 360 has for its achievements. You could still keep the colors by coloring the badge with Silver, Gold or Bronze.

Example would be like have an image of a mop or broom for the Clean Up badge.

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Give each badge it's own achievement icon? I think it's a cool idea, but it's a lot of work. I suspect that if Jeff was open to this, they'd solicit icons from the community (and not on a paid basis). So if you really want this, I'd mock up a couple of icons and see if they like the look of it.

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It's certainly possible, as they've already done this sort of thing with the Woot! badge. We just need the actual artwork (which is, admittedly, the hard part) –  Kyle Cronin Jul 1 '09 at 19:57
    
Do I sense a community competition? –  Jeff Yates Jul 1 '09 at 20:02
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Doubt it - how many programmers do you know who can work photoshop passably? :P –  bananakata Jul 2 '09 at 8:22
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You might have some takers if a badge were awarded for coming up with good artwork. :) –  Ether Oct 17 '09 at 16:53
    
Hey, if Jon Skeet can use Paint to write code, I can use Paint to make a pretty badge. –  IAbstract Feb 8 '10 at 9:28

We're going to start shipping physical badges soon. Update your profile with your address and your solid gold, solid silver, and solid bronze badges will arrive in the mail in 6-8 weeks.

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Time to drink, for those playing the stack overflow podcast drinking game ;-) –  FortunateDuke Jul 2 '09 at 0:16

Citizen Patrol Commentator Scholar Tumbleweed

Etc... :-]

Achievement Generator

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I like these - and descriptive too. –  IAbstract May 27 '10 at 15:57

Here's my new vision for "Tumbleweed", as per my comment here:

http://i.stack.imgur.com/Y4IkC.jpg

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I'm so hungry . –  TheTXI Jul 1 '09 at 20:10
    
Ow, I just chipped my tooth trying to eat that. –  Jeff Yates Jul 1 '09 at 20:15
    
@Jeff Still using CRT's? Stuck in the stone age man.... –  Tom Ritter Jul 1 '09 at 21:34
    
I've got some Oreos here...and a tall glass of milk. –  IAbstract May 27 '10 at 15:58

I love the icon-idea. A Wall-of-Achievements full of icons would be sweet :)

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I didn't know if I'd be able to find these, but here ya go...from a similar thread.

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By the way, I know these may not be the designs you are looking for, but I do think they look a lot better than the bronze, silver, & gold dots.

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The woot! badge for enthusiast and the more received advertisements (e.g. Android and Red-Gate) shows that the infrastructure is there if someone has gone to trouble of creating them.

The graphics could be time-dependent too, so a new badge could have a shiny corner like the sparking new pin it is, with older badges looking a little tarnished and in need of TLC (although not the Gold ones, obviously).

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