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Should there be a badge for N instances of on-topic mentioning of Joel's name (SO, JoS, FogCreek, Joel's software, EBS, all count)?

I personally think such a tag would be Way Cool.

I'm not entirely sure how to go about implementing such tag, but may be some relevant sub-string searches in answers up-voted at least once?

Example: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1529385/how-to-write-technical-specs-for-a-project

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But, if we must have it. We could call it "Golden Calf"

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Me likes. +1... – DVK Oct 7 '09 at 4:43
BTW: NO offense to Joel. I mention that dude in just about every other post on my blog. I'm as guilty of idolatry as anyone. =) – JohnFx Oct 7 '09 at 4:53

Badges are supposed to be rewards for good behavior. Bleeting out Joel's name or his company's products isn't good (or necessarily bad) behavior.

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Hmm... there's some point to that – DVK Oct 7 '09 at 5:05
P.S. Although not all badges seem aimed at promiting good behavior. "Tumbleweed"? – DVK Oct 7 '09 at 5:07
Tumbleweed is a consolation badge. – random Oct 7 '09 at 5:08

The Badge should look like some pieces of a badge duct-taped together though.

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I, too, will invoke Joel when the spirit moves me. However, I could see a badge triggering a rash of name dropping in order to trigger such a badge. In the end, although the intention is good, it might not have the desired effect - it might end up weakening any reference to the Joel trademark.

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A valid concern, although this is as easy/hard to game as a lot of other badges (300 votes? I saw every answer on a many-answer Q up-voted twice despite pretty much every A being useless or wrong). Probably harder to game than many badges if it requires the answer to be up-voted at least once or twice to count. – DVK Oct 7 '09 at 11:19

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