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As the title says, should have badges?

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up vote 29 down vote accepted

This is a meta question about Meta discussions of this type clutters the site -- it should be deleted or moved to

Now, should have badges?


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Great! Discussing about meta.meta badges would involve a third additional layer though. – pestaa Jun 28 '09 at 9:44
Smart answer. Deserved to be upvoted X1000 – Graviton Jun 28 '09 at 10:00
Not to worry, Douglas Hofstadter will tell you that in order to resolve this, we will just define - this is the logical extension of to infinity and you are able to have meta discussions at the infinity level on this site. – 1800 INFORMATION Jun 28 '09 at 10:07
Best answer possible. – marcgg Sep 8 '09 at 16:51

Sure, why not? A higher reputation on this site indicates that one cares about SO and adds to the debates about how SO can be improved. Something similar can be argued w.r.t. badges.

On the other hand: most people coming here will be SO members already, so they don't need the addictive effect that badges have on new users.

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In meta-discussions, reputation score, badges, upvotes and downvotes all lost their sense.

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I disagree that upvotes and downvotes lost their sense. They are an indication of the (dis)approval of the rest of the community. – Stephan202 Jun 28 '09 at 10:11
Surely the mechanism is still needed, but default ordering by votes makes discussions... something else. – pestaa Jun 28 '09 at 11:33

The point of badges is to encourage good behaviors, and that's just as important here on the meta site as it is on the main site.

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I'd vote for a "Meta" badge that you get once you got enough "normal" badges. Maybe like 20 badges give a bronze Meta badge.

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Does the meta badge appear on SOFU? Is encouraging badge-whoring on those sites through (ab)using meta desired? .. Now I want one, but I already have user profile > accounts, too. – Gnome Jan 6 '10 at 1:03

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