It would be nice to explore ways to recognize the far-greater-than-ordinary contributions from the users who work hard to make this a great community. There have been several posts on similar topics:
- Badges of (editing) Honor – qualitative nominations that become an award once there is sufficient quantity
- Platinum-level badges and Secret Badges – a largely quantitative suggestion for recognizing contributions beyond the norm
- A quality ranking – an exploration of ways to measure the value of contribution rather than the content
- Rewarding contributions to a community wiki, including awarding a bounty to an editor
Synthesizing the ideas in these posts and adding others, how can we better recognize and support extraordinary contributions to the SO community?