I am proposing that there be a new type of badge: Sapphire. The description could read something like this
Sapphire badges are for the insanely dedicated users of the Stack Exchange. These are near impossible to receive.
You would know that if you saw one of these on a person's profile, they mean business. This would also give those users that seem to have every badge a new chance to prove themselves.
Here is a possible list of badges. Under the "New" category, I put down badges that aren't similar to any previous badges
- Need a Name - Question favorited by 300 users
- Remarkable Question - Question score of 300 or more
- Rock Star Question - Asked a question with 30,000 views
- Confused - Be on the top 10 question list of a tag for 1 year
- Remarkable Answer - Answer score of 300 or more
- Merry go Round - Provided answer of +30 score to a question of -7 score
- Underdog - Zero score accepted answers: more than 50 and 50% of total
- Clean Sweep - 90% Accepted Answer ratio for a month, with at least 50 Answers
- Know it all - Be on the top 10 answer list of a tag for 1 year
- Sapphire Badge Total score of 3000 in at least 400 non-community wiki answers.
- Bailiff - Completed at least 3,000 review tasks. This badge is awarded once per review type
- Master - Raised 1000 helpful flags
- Clean Freak - 12,000 edits (number so high to accommodate for tiny 1 letter changes)
- Constituent - Voted on 1800 posts and 25% or more of total votes are on questions
- Need a Name - Shared a link to a question that was visited by 3000 unique IP addresses
- Dedicated - Gained 200 rep on 300 days
- Supernatural - Gained 300 rep on one day
- Ungodly - Gained 300 rep on 10 days
- Hacker - Responsibly disclosed a security flaw in Stack Exchange
- Lawmaker - Had been a moderator
Note 1: The badge names are just an example, along with the requirements. I just wrote it up quick to give an example.
Note 2: There is no correlation to the number 3. It is just a random number.
It has been brought up that Platinum Badges is quite similar. However it is
- Quite old
- A discussion question
- Not specific
However these reasons alone aren't enough to prevent duplicate closing. This question was referring to rewarding people with new badges for something they don't really have control over, such as views and upvotes. Many of these new badges require a lot of work from the person hoping to achieve them.
It has been brought up that these requirements would be near impossible for all sites besides stack overflow. These aren't supposed to be too easy. Even though there is the joy of knowing you helped someone, it also adds to your reliability as an answerer. A solution would be to make them harder to obtain on Stack Overflow, because the community is so big. None of the sites will ever be as big as SO, so I think that is a valid solution.