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Is there some plans for special badges for chat?

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Do you have any ideas on what kind of things might be awarded badges in the chat? –  Grace Note Jul 14 '10 at 18:23
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Being chatty??? –  Lance Roberts Jul 14 '10 at 18:24
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Adding a fav, having a fav reach more than X votes. Sending X messages, Creating X channels... –  Ólafur Waage Jul 14 '10 at 18:28
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Is it friday already? –  Ivo Flipse Jul 14 '10 at 18:34
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Chatterbox - 10,000 chat posts with zero flags :) –  waffles Jul 14 '10 at 22:23
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@waffles: Make that "Wibbler" (wibble [UK] 1. n.,v. Commonly used to describe chatter, content-free remarks or other essentially meaningless contributions to threads in newsgroups.) –  Richard Jul 14 '10 at 22:46
    
anti-badge: 10 messages flagged spam/offensive –  Tobias Kienzler Jul 15 '10 at 7:47

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There is now the Talkative bronze badge, mostly to publicize chat per-site. See the badge page for more details.

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We don't want to encourage discussions too much, I believe. After all, the core of SOFU is Q&A, and too much discussion in a separate site can scatter knowledge beyond the ideal point.

Giving badges for using the chat would encourage people that don't want to use the chat to use it, resulting in people that don't give a flying cow about the discussions at hand, resulting in a far lower S/N ratio.

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How about adding just one easy bronze badge for chat? It draws some attention to existence of chat feature but doesn't require anything massive to achieve.

[Chatter] - Posted at least one message to chat

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Agree now done! –  Jeff Atwood Dec 3 '10 at 2:22

I hope not. Keep the third place out of the rep race IMHO. Incentivizing it just seems like a good way to shift the focus off of what it's actually for, and might bring people to it for the wrong reasons.

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+1 bazillion trillion –  Mark Henderson Jul 14 '10 at 23:53
    
+1 for the alliteration "rep race". –  Peter Mortensen Jul 18 '10 at 13:09

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