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We have Tenacious and Unsung Hero badges for zero score accepted answers. Can we have something similar for answers with up-votes, but not accepted, especially when there are no other up-voted answers for the question.

I like to wear my badges.


Ok, I've got four up-votes, but no convincing answer. What have mods got to say about this proposal.

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Does it really matter? And you will get Nice Answer badge when you get 10 votes. – nhahtdh Jun 13 '13 at 10:51
I've got four up-votes, but no convincing answer. What have mods got to say about this proposal - this feature request has 509 up-votes and no official response added ;-) – Rory Jun 13 '13 at 12:30
up vote 2 down vote accepted

This type of badge is important, even more so than Unsung Hero and Tenacious.

I just did a totally unscientific survey and looked at a page of 50 unanswered questions that were a couple of weeks old.

Of the 50 questions on the page, 27 had no answers at all - but the remaining 23 had one to three answers.

I would suggest that answers counting towards this (series of) badge(s) would be something like:

The highest scoring answer on a question that has no accepted answers 30 days later

Rather than 30 days, it could be the same interval as the clean-up routine, so that answers are counting towards this badge the first time the question and answer survive an automated clean-up.

A lot of the answers in my survey had no votes at all - but I don't know if that is general, and I think that makes an upvoted answer in this category even more interesting.

Also, a lot of the questions (both with and without answers) were asked by users with less than 100 rep - this badge might make it more attractive to answer even if you suspect that this is a hit'n'run where the OP will never be heard from again.

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The Populist badge appears to serve a purpose similar to your request:

Highest scoring answer that outscored an accepted answer with score of more than 10 by more than 2x

It differs slightly from your request in that it requires a question with an additional accepted answer, but is very close.

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Populist is applicable for a single answer. – Noel Jun 11 '13 at 8:51

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