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I'd like to see a badge for "heroes" and a hero nomination system. Peter Bailey inspired this with all his help on obscure JavaScript questions that no one else helped answer (like cross frame event handling in IE). The idea doesn't need to be a badge, but it'd be nice to be able to give more personal feedback than an upvote and an accepted answer.

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Isn't the person who answered your question almost always a 'hero'? – Ian Elliott Jul 2 '09 at 2:26
Yeah, but sometimes the solution is so elusive that the answerer deserves a beer or a badge or something – Michael Haren Jul 2 '09 at 2:46
Now that I've said it, I think it should be called the "Owed-A-Beer" badge. Or "hero badge" is ok, too, I guess – Michael Haren Jul 2 '09 at 2:47
I definitely owe him a beer! – C. Ross Jul 2 '09 at 2:50
I'm tempted to vote to close this as a duplicate of Please add a means of converting reputation to actual beer. – Pops Mar 4 '11 at 19:59
@Pop, that one is newer than this one, so it'd have to be the other way around. – juan Mar 4 '11 at 20:16
@Juan it was a joke... – Pops Mar 4 '11 at 20:19
@Pop, mine wasn't – juan Mar 4 '11 at 20:26

Badges are all awarded programatically - this doesn't sound like something StackOverflow could determine.

If you want to personally thank someone, leave them a comment!

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which is why I declined this request... – waffles Aug 24 '11 at 1:32

it'd be nice to be able to give more personal feedback than an upvote and an accepted answer.

The bounty system allows one to essentially "tip" a user. Set up the bounty on the question, wait until you can assign the bounty, then click the bounty button next to the answer.

The user gets a bounty of reputation as a tip, and the answer is highlighted with the bounty award next to it in blue.

I hesitate to add a hero badge of any sort, because we already get enough complaints about people not accepting answers, or people accepting the wrong answers. I worry that people might think they deserve a hero award and start campaigning for it.

Nevertheless, if a hero award is established, please review my voluminous works and consider voting me into the hero hall of fame.

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Thinking of the number of times I've wanted to give someone more than +1 and the number of similar comments abounding on SO, this seems like a nice compromise on this subject would be to actually be able to do so.

You could limit such supervotes by time period, or let them cost rep - I'd happily (but perhaps not frequently) offer some of my rep to somebody for writing something particularly awesome.

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Interesting idea. Would this extra up-vote earn the same rep? – ChrisF Jul 2 '09 at 11:20
Yeah I think it would, but that's just an implementation detail to me – bananakata Jul 2 '09 at 11:49
The bounty system was modified about a year after this question was first asked to more or less allow what you're suggesting. – Pops Mar 4 '11 at 20:06

You can already reward the answer with both an up-vote and acceptance which will give them 25 rep.

If you don't think this enough then a comment on the answer is a good way of acknowledging the "debt".

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