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Here's an idea for a new set of badges:

  • Conversation Starter (Bronze): received comments from five different people (in total across all answers)
  • Catalyst (Silver) : received comments from five different people on a single answer

both can be awarded only once.

Update: for both only count comments on answers, not on questions, because for questions there are usually lot of "did you mean?" comments.

Another Update: it seems that people are worried that most comments would be just pointing out how wrong the answer is. That is a sad (but maybe appropriate) view. I think it can be amended by only counting comments on answers with no downvotes.

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@Another update, that is your second "patch" for your suggestion... whatever happened to KISS? –  jmfsg Dec 18 '09 at 13:09
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Even if this were a good idea (I'm against it, BTW) you set the bar way too low. –  dmckee Dec 18 '09 at 21:01
    
Can precious metals act as a catalyst? –  Andrew Grimm Sep 17 '10 at 9:55
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In order to receive comments, there must be something wrong or not clear in your post... why would this be encouraged?

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Good point. Many comments are like that. But even though, if a wrong answer results in a long discussion, that often makes for an interesting read. –  Thilo Dec 18 '09 at 12:40
    
Also, there is a badge for leaving ten comments. Those may not be too valuable either... –  Thilo Dec 18 '09 at 12:41
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But that badge is essentially for giving feedback on other people's questions - a useful community activity. –  CodeByMoonlight Dec 18 '09 at 12:44
    
I suppose to eliminate comments that just point out a wrong answer, one could count only answers with no downvotes. –  Thilo Dec 18 '09 at 13:00
    
@Thilo - but some comments on downvoted answers are explanations as to why they were downvoted. Those types of comments should be encouraged. –  Graeme Perrow Dec 18 '09 at 16:43
    
@Graeme: those comments are encouraged by the existing "Commentator/Pundit" badges. These new badges are for receiving comments. –  Thilo Dec 19 '09 at 0:43
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I'd like to bump this feature request, with minor modifications. I suggest the following:

  1. A bronze badge for receiving 10 or more comments on a single question or answer.
  2. A silver badge for receiving 25 or more comments on a single question or answer.
  3. A gold badge for receiving 100 or more comments on a single question or answer.

In all cases, your own comments are not counted.

Call them what you will, but I think this would be a good feature.

To counter @Downvoter's post that comments should be discouraged: why have comments at all? They're not just for clarification, they're for communication that is outside the realm of, but still relevant to, the question/answer at hand. Perhaps this might encourage more "discussion" in comments, but I don't think that'd be a bad thing.

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