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Just like having more reputation gives more power on SO, is there any benefit of having more badges?

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They're shiny. They glitter like a teen vampire in daylight. What more do you need? –  Gnoupi May 11 '10 at 8:43
    
You get to have more badges. –  dmckee May 11 '10 at 14:05

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Only to the extent that badges encourage new behaviors that are both positive for the community and for the user.

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Or, in some cases, consolation prizes –  Bob May 11 '10 at 20:25

The happy feeling you get when you know that some machine somewhere values what you've done.

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Jon Skeet values what I've done? ;) –  gnostradamus May 11 '10 at 15:04

If the person asking a question has too few badges, and it takes more than a few minutes to answer the question, they may get less answers.

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I have my doubts about that. Accept rate might lead to some inhibition, but random badge inventory? –  Rosinante May 11 '10 at 13:40
    
I strongly disagree with this answer. –  SLaks May 11 '10 at 16:15
    
@bmargulies, I think having no badges or only 1 or 2 may have a effect, I agree that once someone has more then a few badges it will not have an effect –  Ian Ringrose May 13 '10 at 14:23

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