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Right now, there's a silver badge for "Generalist" (Provided non-wiki answers of 15 total score in 20 of top 40 tags)... I'd propose a new "Specialist" badge with the meaning:

Reputation of at least 10,000 and more than 75% of reputation from a single tag

It would likely be a gold badge since the rep count required is quite high (but there could be a silver equivalent)...

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Are you aware of the tag badges? They serve a similar purpose. –  Pops Aug 18 '10 at 18:45
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@Popular They serve such a similar purpose that they're also referred to as specialist badges. –  Grace Note Aug 18 '10 at 18:47
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Badges are meant to encourage positive behaviour.

We already have tag-based badges which reward you for work in any particular tag.

What is the benefit of encouraging users to work only in that tag?

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A lot of people do that anyway.... –  skaffman Aug 18 '10 at 18:46
    
@skaffman At which point we would be encouraging them to... stay the course? –  devinb Aug 18 '10 at 18:48
    
Fair enough... Good points. –  ircmaxell Aug 18 '10 at 18:58
    
The OP might have intended it as a sort of "consolation" badge, much like the Tenacious and Unsung Hero badges (which I always thought were a bad idea). –  Ether Aug 18 '10 at 19:01
    
@Ether Any badge with the "%" in the criteria will suffer from largely the same issues. –  devinb Aug 18 '10 at 19:17
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I only see three sentences. Where is the rest of your answer? :P –  user27414 Aug 18 '10 at 19:43
    
@Jon I'm branching out. –  devinb Aug 18 '10 at 19:46
    
@JonB Guess devin's not cut out to be El Duderino. –  Grace Note Aug 18 '10 at 20:05
    
@Grace, yeah, he appears to be getting into that whole "brevity" thing. :) –  user27414 Aug 18 '10 at 20:16
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