What if we allowed users to show off specific badges, you know, like those holiday hats? (aka winterbash)
I know that we can already see a badge count for users, so, for example, other users can see that I currently have 7 silver badges and 30 bronze badges. But some of those badges are more important to me than others, and I'd kind of like to show off my accomplishments.
Like hats, users could select some number of badges (maybe up to 2) which will appear more promintently on their profile. Rather than simply the text, the badges, like real medals, could have different designs and images that in some way reflect the accomplishment (hopefully humorously). For example, I might show off my Caucus badge after I've voted (which might help to encourage other users to vote) or my Informed badge (which might help to advertise the new About page). I just earned my first Good Question badge, which I'd like to show off, and I'm working toward Fanatic and Sportsmanship.
In all cases, the ability to show off specific badges we are proud of would help to promote those badges and the behavior associated with them.