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I've earned a Tumbleweed badge — but that doesn't seem like a good thing. Is it? I initially thought "earning" a badge was positive, but it seems to me that the implication is that I asked a question that was too obscure.

So: is it a good or a bad thing? Do I want to collect more?! =:-)

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It encourages you to ask questions even if you think they are a little out of the mainstream. In this regard it is a positive thing, though not something I would be too excited about.

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Indeed not - seems a bit pointless. Thanks for the reply. –  Wikis Apr 21 '10 at 13:16
I ask a ton of questions that are slightly out of mainstream and I don't have this? WTF. I swear to god I this game is rigged. –  Evan Carroll Apr 22 '10 at 2:14

The badge is a consolation prize, since you didn't get an answer.

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Not much of a consolation... =:-) Thanks for the reply. –  Wikis Apr 21 '10 at 13:16
I was over the moon when I got my first tumbleweed. I just wish there was an actual tumbleweed that trundles across the page when it happens; although that might be over-playing it. –  Andras Zoltan Apr 21 '10 at 13:54
@andras: You should post that as a request in the greasemonkey script ideas question: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/3687/… –  snicker Apr 21 '10 at 14:56

Badges are always something to get excited about. They are shiny and precioussss ...

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Also a good way to find questions that you might have an answer for.

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I think this image is copyrighted. Just FYI. –  Evan Carroll Apr 22 '10 at 2:15
Pretty sure the fair use rational on Wikipedia would apply equally here? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Gollum.PNG –  RedBlueThing Apr 22 '10 at 4:46
I was tempted to add this as my preferred answer. They're all great answers but this one is very funny. Thanks. –  Wikis Apr 22 '10 at 10:17
This comment is copyrighted by Me. © 2010 Voyager –  perbert Apr 22 '10 at 14:53

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