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Some of the Area 51 badges have not been achieved by anyone but I wonder if Great Question is achieveable?

I presume the current definition is simply a takeover from the existing Q&As, like Meta StackOverflow. But I think it should be different on Area 51.

The Great Question badge requires 100 votes. But most people stop after 20 because that is the threshold to get an on or off topic question and people want to get their Q&A through the definition phase.

I don't think I've seen a question get near 100 votes - has anyone seen an example of that?

Update: based on the data provided by Emmett below, I thought the Good Question badge may be unachieveable (it requires 50 votes). However, 15 people have achieved it. On closer examination, this looks like a database issue.

Take Joel Spolsky's best question, Statistical Analysis: Joe is 8 years old, Mike is 10 years old, and Alice is 13. What is their MEDIAN age? This has 1 on topic vote and 22 off-topic. I make that 23. So how did he get the Good Question badge?!

Update 2: Removed the bug tag - it referred to the Good Question problem (people got it without having 50 votes - this was done during the setup / test phase of Area 51, see below comments).

Final Update: Please see also my related (follow-up) question here: Why not replace Good & Great Question badges with a Top 5 badge?

Twenty months later: it is still not achieved. Will you reconsider the implementation?

Finally: after the new implementation, one person has got this badge!

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As of right now, this question on the Scrum proposal has the most votes (34). – Emmett Aug 4 '10 at 21:22
The real question is - should you really care about getting badges on Area 51? – Mark Henderson Aug 4 '10 at 21:33
@Emmett - thanks. (How did you know?) I presume the 2 "not a good example" votes don't affect achieving 100 overall (not according to the badge definition, anyway)? Area 51 has been going, what, 3 months? And that's the best? Kind of confirms then that this is unachievable, right (assuming Normal distribution)? – Wikis Aug 4 '10 at 21:35
@Farseeker - while that is true, that does not negate the question: the badges, if they exist, should be there for a reason and should therefore be achievable. – Wikis Aug 4 '10 at 21:36
@Mark I have DB access ;) – Emmett Aug 4 '10 at 21:44
@Emmett - aha, thanks! – Wikis Aug 5 '10 at 5:19
@Emmett - correction - 15 people have the "Good Question" badge - this looks like an bug. Can you confirm? – Wikis Aug 5 '10 at 17:49
@Mark Those badges were awarded in early June, before we imposed voting limits, and before we deleted all existing votes during a rep recalc. – Emmett Aug 5 '10 at 20:00
@Emmett - aha, thanks for the reply. So they no one has come close to achieving even a Good Question, let alone a Great Question. – Wikis Aug 5 '10 at 20:21
up vote 7 down vote accepted

We lowered the threshold for the Nice/Good/Great Question badges from 10/50/100 to 10/30/50.

As a result, 24 more people just earned Good Question.

As of right now, still no one has Great Question, but at least it seems slightly achievable now.

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Thanks Emmett - nice to know that you are so responsive. I still wonder if Great is achieveable... time will tell... – Wikis Aug 6 '10 at 17:31
one month + on, still no one is anywhere closer to achieving it. It's still not achieveable. Please reconsider the numbers (50 is too high) or this suggestion:… – Wikis Sep 19 '10 at 15:58
Emmett - this is a ping to let you know that I've updated the question. – Wikis Apr 18 '12 at 9:25
Noted, thanks. The Great Question badge clearly still isn't correctly calibrated. We're actually considering a major overhaul of A51 that may render this moot, so stay tuned.. – Emmett Apr 20 '12 at 18:41

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