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Badges are a really nice idea and earning one is an happy event.

What I like more about badges is their names. They are really funny and appropriate to their goal.

I was wondering how they were born and who chose their names?

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Badges are "invented" by Max Badges, one of the lesser known SE employees. That is, unsurprisingly, also where they get their name from. Max treats each badge as if it were one of his children, and naming them is a personal process that hardly anyone of us seems to grasp. But as long as it makes sense to Max, I guess all is fine. P.s. One rumour is that Max also decides how many badges each user can at most earn. But this horrible pun-based rumour is not true. – Bart Mar 11 '13 at 15:37
@Bart: I am reminded of the reviews for Tuscan Milk. – Robert Harvey Mar 11 '13 at 16:26
@Bart I want to accept your answer!! :D – giammin Mar 11 '13 at 16:34
@giammin I can't take any credit. I would prefer it if Max were to answer himself, getting the recognition he deserves. – Bart Mar 11 '13 at 16:36
@Bart right! Please Max if you're there, knock once – giammin Mar 11 '13 at 16:40
@Bart: Isn't he loosely related to Max Headroom and Max Power? – JonW Mar 11 '13 at 16:42
Max (most) folks, want to hear from Max :) – tgkprog Mar 11 '13 at 16:52
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The first badges (and their names) were most likely dreamt up in the early days of the site internally. I imagine a brain storming session was held or something of that nature.

After the initial badges, more were (and continue to be) added. The names and definitions were discussed here on Meta and the community weighed in with their (our) opinions... This is the purpose of . Combine that tag with the tag, and you'll be able to see all of the suggestions that were implemented.

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Bart's comment is better. You're basically saying "someone did." – Robert Harvey Mar 11 '13 at 16:27
@rob - agreed... Just wanted to mention the badge request tag... – Lix Mar 11 '13 at 16:29
ahhh thank you that makes more sense! – tgkprog Mar 11 '13 at 16:54
@tgk - but not as funny :P – Lix Mar 11 '13 at 16:56

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