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Calculate the score of a question or answer divided by the length in characters. Set up the usual three badges for achieving some thresholds.

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brevity in all things... even badges. – beggs Nov 23 '09 at 1:46
    
up vote 3 down vote accepted

I dunno, brevity is good and all, but I see a positive correlation overall between length and quality, myself.

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NOTE: This answer represents the exception that proves the rule. – Michael Petrotta Nov 23 '09 at 0:32
    
if you do say so yourself :-) – Rosinante Nov 23 '09 at 0:52
    
But that's the point. It's really hard to write a high-quality (and thus extensively upvoted) answer that is really concise. Thus the semi-serious suggestion to offer recognition. – Rosinante Nov 23 '09 at 0:55
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Yeah, I understand what you're saying. I just don't think we want to be pushing people towards shorter answers - I think that'll lead to fewer well-thought-out, thoughtful responses. Plus, there's already an incentive to write short questions and answers - they'll get more reads/votes, and fewer tl;dr. – Michael Petrotta Nov 23 '09 at 1:29

Hence someone who can write the shortest code to achieve best output will almost be the first to get the badge(s)?

And someone who writes like a journalist to cover every aspect/angle of a question context with quality will be the last?

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Jeff would get this badge too often for his one-liners. – beggs Nov 23 '09 at 4:28

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