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Currently, there is a bronze badge called enter image description here Self-Learner which is rewarded for answering your own question with a score of 3 or more. I'd like to propose two more badges be created along the same lines.

  • Self-Learner - Answered your own question with an answer score of 3 or more.
  • Self-Educated - Answered your own question with a question score of 10 or more with an answer scoring 20 or more and being the highest scoring answer.
  • Self-Made - Answered your own question with a question score of 25 or more with an answer scoring 50 or more and being the highest scoring answer.

Each badge would only be obtainable once.

The thought process is that, while it's easy to just ask a question and then answer it immediately, if you do the research to actually solve your question with a workable answer and a large number of people find it useful, then that should be rewarded.

I got the idea for this off of a question I had asked some time ago that has surprised be in the number of people who have up-voted both the question and the answer. While many other answers were made available, the solution I came up with for my problem was the best, and 20 other people had agreed with me. I believe that that is rare and deserves some merit for those who can achieve that.

EDIT: Adjusted question/answer score requirements to be more obtainable. Added requirement that your answer must also be the highest scoring answer.

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First badge request in a while that actually makes some sense. The problem that I see it is could result in a number of self-answered questions by badge hunters hoping to strike gold (no pun intended) –  psubsee2003 Aug 15 '13 at 18:15
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tl;dr "Look at how amazing I am. That certainly deserves a badge". :p –  Bart Aug 15 '13 at 18:16
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@psubsee2003: That means more stuff to close and delete. I am OK with this. –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Aug 15 '13 at 18:17
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I would propose that the self-answer also has to be the highest scoring answer. –  animuson Aug 15 '13 at 18:17
    
@Bart Haha, I thought I'd get a comment like that. I really don't intend on that being what this suggestion is about. Getting a large number of people to vote up your own answer to a question is challenging, in my opinion. –  Michael Irigoyen Aug 15 '13 at 18:17
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The question score limits seem to be very high to make these even remotely achievable. I think that the question should have a positive score to get the higher badges but making it the same as the answer score seems a bit harsh. –  ChrisF Aug 15 '13 at 18:17
    
@Bolt sounds like fun. Count me in. –  psubsee2003 Aug 15 '13 at 18:18
    
Looks like two of my questions would qualify for Self-Educated but none for Self-Made just yet. –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Aug 15 '13 at 18:18
    
Absolutely @MichaelIrigoyen. And I think it's one of only a few sensible badge suggestions in recent times. –  Bart Aug 15 '13 at 18:19
    
@BoltClock'saUnicorn Thanks for the link, I just Xcode-nazi'd one of your questions. –  H2CO3 Aug 15 '13 at 18:20
    
@H2CO3: Dammit. –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Aug 15 '13 at 18:21
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I don't see the problem with more self-answered questions as long as they're good questions with correct answers. We encourage self learning, why would those be closed and deleted? –  The Unhandled Exception Aug 15 '13 at 18:34
    
I have adjusted the score requirements and added a requirement that your answer must also be the highest scoring answer. What do you all think of that? –  Michael Irigoyen Aug 15 '13 at 18:35
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I think the names should be different. The vast majority of the self-answered questions that get that high are pre-made Q/A's from an expert who is trying to teach the subject. Examples: stackoverflow.com/q/4421706/922184, stackoverflow.com/q/3279543/922184, stackoverflow.com/q/100003/922184, etc... –  Mysticial Aug 15 '13 at 18:54
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@BoltClock'saUnicorn Not all self-answered questions are posted with the intent of answering them from the start. I have posted several questions that, while some of the answers had good information or information that had even pushed me in the right direction, were not the actual answer to my question. Using the information from several answers/comments, I was able to formulate a suitable answer to my original question and therefore answered it as such. What it comes down to really is is the question and answer both good and the community has the ultimate say with their votes. –  Michael Irigoyen Jan 20 at 16:14
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