After posting this question: Is the Area 51 badge Great Question achieveable? now I'm wondering if the whole Good / Great Question badge idea is appropriate on Area 51.
This is because the votes essentially stop after 20. Since the goal is to get to the commit phase (requiring 5 on topic and 5 off topic questions, each in turn requiring 20 votes), it makes it
- very hard to get either badge and
- not a very good target.
Surely the badges (for those interested - see comments in question link above) are to encourage the desired behaviour. These badges look like a carry over from other sites like this one.
Perhaps they should be replaced by simply a Top 5 badge i.e. "Question was one of 10 that defined a Q&A". So maybe a silver badge if there is one question and a gold if a contributor has submitted both an on and off topic question for one Q&A.
Seems more appropriate to me. What do others think?