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Is there hard data suggesting that it's a good idea to keep the badges tab in the main navigation bar?

How often is it visited? May that content go to "faq"?

I agree that badges make a difference in Q&A communities, but one less tab will simplify navigation... No?

What do you think?

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why downvote :) is this a bad question? I am curious to know some opinions. –  Evgeny Apr 13 '10 at 17:29
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@Evgeny - as well as signifying a bad post, down-votes on meta are used by people to show disagreement with the proposal –  ChrisF Apr 13 '10 at 17:31
    
@Chris there ya go :) –  Earlz Apr 13 '10 at 17:32
    
Badges? Badges! We don't need no stinkin' badges! –  Adam Davis Apr 13 '10 at 17:43
    
Look @Chris - I've just asked a question. It is not a proposal. Moreover - not a proposal to remove badges - which most people like. Don't you think that by giving downvotes for valid questions you are creating kind of a bad karma in the community? –  Evgeny Apr 13 '10 at 17:49
    
@Evgeny - Re: Downvoting on Meta. Please review the following questions: meta.stackoverflow.com/… –  Adam Davis Apr 13 '10 at 17:53
    
Here's a particularly good one: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/42558/… –  Adam Davis Apr 13 '10 at 17:54
    
@Polyanna I don't think I will be asking more questions on this site. Thanks. –  Evgeny Apr 13 '10 at 18:07
    
@Evgeny - I'm sorry to hear that. We're not a totally bad bunch of people, but I fear we are not palatable to everybody. –  Adam Davis Apr 13 '10 at 18:10
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Go with keela, you bosh'tet! –  XMLbog Apr 13 '10 at 18:17
    
Another satisfied customer! –  Locutus Apr 13 '10 at 18:19
    
hey @Wel'Bog - what does that mean :)? –  Evgeny Apr 13 '10 at 18:20
    
@Evgeny: Play more Mass Effect 2 until you figure it out. d:-| –  XMLbog Apr 13 '10 at 18:23

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I do not think there is enough "real" information on the badges page to warrant it's own tab. I mean it basically consists of a list of 10 things or so with "x 10" or similar after it. It'd be a waste in my opinion. Plus I think badges are basically moot anyway

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I don't agree that badges are moot though - because many people like them and find them a major motivator. –  Evgeny Apr 13 '10 at 18:19
    
i guess partly I've selected this answer out of the sense of opposition :), but I agree that "badges" page is static and mostly boring. Where would it go instead and how to link to that nevertheless important item - it's a different story. –  Evgeny Apr 13 '10 at 18:23
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I think badges are pointless.. It's my opinion.. I never try to get a certain badge unless it also comes with reputation.. –  Earlz Apr 13 '10 at 19:14

Where would you put that link?

It isn't obstructive, it doesn't unbalance the design, it's a major (for diminishing values of major) feature of the site, and it keeps the top of the site in a nice aesthetic balance.

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well this is a good question. Regarding contributing to "aesthetic balance" I'd argue - how does extra button add a balance? It's just an extra navigation item. –  Evgeny Apr 13 '10 at 18:16
    
@Evgeny: removing it would widen the gap between the navigation links and the Ask a Question link. –  perbert Apr 13 '10 at 18:53
    
I'm now translating askbot into russian and actually find badges kind of fun. maybe native language makes a difference. still the tab - i don't know. I am a big fan of minimalism. We've also moved "ask" tab a little to the left, as hiding it doesn't help smaller sites. –  Evgeny May 2 '10 at 20:35

We have a tab for Questions, Tags, Users, and Unanswered. Why not Badges? It falls right in line.

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hey, I've just asked a question. but the case for removal is that badges page is static for the most part and is probably visited not so frequently. –  Evgeny Apr 13 '10 at 17:39

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