What percentage of users possess at least one gold badge? Just curious.
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My results based on Aug 6 data dump, with catch one small catch: it does not include tag-specific badges (like java gold). I am working on that now, but it requires a bit of massaging.
So, that gives us a couple of statistics like
At the moment of this writing, SO has 988 owners of gold badges, counted from the badges page manually. The users page shows 2527*35 + 11 = 88456 users. Therefore 998/88456 * 100 = 1.1169 % of the user at the time of writing have a gold badge. (These are not distinct users, so there are less people awarded, this is an upper boundary).
There is a way to calculate this, searching for all badges and the number of users. For a hint: