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Is there going to be a Popular Profile badge?

Imagine the situation:

  • when the total unique visitors of some guy's personal profile is greater than 10.000 in a week or something like that he could earn a badge for that.
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marked as duplicate by hims056, Martijn Pieters, rene, Lance Roberts Jul 18 at 13:32

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10,000 views in a week?. Mine hasn't had 3,000 views in nearly 20 months. –  ChrisF Oct 23 '10 at 18:11
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@ChrisF - guess we're not popular enough. –  LittleBobbyTables Oct 23 '10 at 18:12
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I used my profile to give away 3 free MSDN Ultimate subscriptions, 12K$ list price each. Took almost 2 weeks. Didn't make it any more popular either :) –  Uphill Luge Oct 23 '10 at 19:04

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The sole purpose of badges on Stackoverflow is to encourage desired behaviors. All the badges reward a behavior that should be encouraged as it helps the site. Posting good questions, answers, editing posts to make them better, popularizing the site, etc.

Do we really want to encourage people to be profile whores? This encourages behavior like trying to elevate yourself above everyone else in bad ways. I don't think the profile view counter was intended to be used for competition.

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This. A popular profile badge would be as likely to be won by user who engage in persistent misbehavior (because of empowered users checking the profile to determine how strongly to react) as those who are genuinely helpful. –  dmckee Oct 23 '10 at 18:56

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