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I've seen some accepted answers on Stack Overflow with negative votes, and the same happened to me yesterday: someone just downvoted my answer, and the OP accepted it without upvoting it.

Wouldn't be a good idea to have a badge for that? Perhaps a bronze one, and a one time thing.

Edit: I was taking a look at this answer, where TheTXI proposes the same, and most of the comments are correct. Perhaps the badge should be awarded only if the answer was already accepted with negative votes.

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What good behavior would that be encouraging? – animuson Mar 12 '13 at 17:51
For those who are downvoting, please, leave a comment, so that I understand what is wrong with my question. – Oscar Mederos Mar 12 '13 at 17:52
The usual case is that downvoted answers are bad. Why would you want to encourage accepting them? – slhck Mar 12 '13 at 17:53
@slhck yes, I think you're right. Perhaps I was just focusing on my answer here: – Oscar Mederos Mar 12 '13 at 17:54
@OscarMederos Votes on meta are a bit different. People are likely downvoting to indicate that they disagree with the feature request and would not like to see it implemented. – Servy Mar 12 '13 at 17:55
@animuson I think you're correct, but... what about the Tumbleweed badge? See @AkiSuihkonen comment in @Servy answer. – Oscar Mederos Mar 12 '13 at 17:59
@OscarMederos What negative behavior does that badge encourage? – Servy Mar 12 '13 at 18:00
Ok. I think it is definitely a bad idea :) – Oscar Mederos Mar 12 '13 at 18:04
@animuson What good behavior is being encouraged by the Unsung Hero for example? – BartoszKP Oct 8 '13 at 12:04
up vote 6 down vote accepted

When you have an answer that is both the accepted answer as well as downvotes it means that the community feels that the answer is harmful, even though it solves the OP's problem. This, in my mind, is much worse than an answer that is just downvoted and not marked as accepted. It means that the answer appears to work at first glance, but will cause significant problems due to reasons not apparent at first.

This is exactly what we don't want to have on this site. Encouraging this highly negative behavior with a badge is harmful, not helpful.

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Why there is in this case the badge tumbleweed? – Aki Suihkonen Mar 12 '13 at 17:57
@AkiSuihkonen What negative behavior does that badge encourage? It's more like a consolation prize for not getting any attention. If the question was actually bad it would most likely get downvotes, not no votes. – Servy Mar 12 '13 at 17:59
It's consolation prize for having so bad title that it doesn't lure in any activity. – Aki Suihkonen Mar 12 '13 at 18:02
@AkiSuihkonen If it was really that bad then it's rather likely someone would open it up to either fix it and/or downvote/flag/close/delete it. – Servy Mar 12 '13 at 18:03
@AkiSuihkonen: I think "Tumbleweed" is specifically addressed at new users (although anyone can get it): "Sorry, your question really is out there, isn't it a bummer that it hasn't gotten an answer yet! Here's a shiny bauble, stick around for a while!" – Josh Caswell Mar 12 '13 at 19:49
@JoshCaswell If they've stuck around for a week to get the badge, they're already not in that category ;) – Servy Mar 12 '13 at 19:50
@Servy: Hovering over your question for seven days, madly hitting "Refresh", doesn't really count as sticking around. :) – Josh Caswell Mar 12 '13 at 19:54
@JoshCaswell Was that meant to be a question? Because yes, actually, it does count ;) – Servy Mar 12 '13 at 19:57

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