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Does anyone else feel that the Civic Duty badge just gives noobs an excuse to upvote like hell. I know I did it just to get my first silver badge and it didn't take surprisingly long.

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+1 (getting closer to CD badge..) –  KeillRandor May 16 at 15:34

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I was upvoting anything I considered to be good before I knew about the Civic Duty badge. I think the ease of upvoting encourages upvoting more than the badge. And I think it's a good thing.

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Upvote? Yeah, that's one option...

Point is, it encourages folks to vote. And voting is essential to the operation of SO.

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Also there is a daily upvote limitation (I suppose the limit is 30 upvote per day), this prevents the misusage of the voting system I think.

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It's 30 per day on comments, and 40 upvotes total per day(as of september 2012) –  Saariko Sep 25 '12 at 4:46

I have never purposely done anything to get a badge, other than post good answers.

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Your a good person. That rare on the internet. ;-) –  Dexter Jul 18 '09 at 19:33

It took me months to get it, I was aware it was there but never really tried for it. It's a badge that comes natually with use of the site.

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yea kinda same here, I'm close to getting it now, and because of that, when I see a good question i don't hesitate too much before the upvote. –  gideon Feb 24 '11 at 13:42

I suppose it could but with the upvote limit per day, and with the hope that they will at least upvote good answers, not just the random ones, it might be a good thing.

Plus after they get their Civic Duty badge, they might be more prone to upvoting good answers compared to others users...

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