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Would it be a good idea to also reward users with rep points when they unlock a new golden badge?

Access to 100% of the moderation tools only happens at 10k points. Scoring that amount of rep is hard and takes time, reflecting the commitment of a user toward the community.

As many of you are aware, the FAQ states that access to the previous level of moderation is achieved at 3k points, and going from 3k to 10k is a really LONG LONG way.

Since golden badges also represent a higher commitment to the community and can be very difficult to get, I wonder if we should also reward a user with rep points (300? 400? 500?) to help him on his journey.

What do you think?

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marked as duplicate by yoozer8, Martijn Pieters, Hugo Dozois, hims056, Undo Sep 13 '13 at 2:04

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-1 Why? Bad formulated question? I'm not sure its OK to down vote just because you don't agree with my suggestion. – karlphillip Dec 22 '10 at 2:00
@karlphilip but that is how Meta works. Disagreement = downvote. It's not like on SO proper – Pëkka Dec 22 '10 at 2:14
@Pekka Just upvote some answer you agree with. No harm done. – karlphillip Dec 22 '10 at 2:24
@karlphillip: Try not to conflate downvoting with malice ("harm"). It is useful to treat rep as a semi-random integer, given to you by a stranger. Downvotes on meta don't mean "I don't like you"; they could mean "this is not a good idea". – Piskvor Dec 22 '10 at 10:09
@Gamecat It's not since I'm not suggesting awarding points along with each badge. – karlphillip Dec 24 '10 at 21:06
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It's a heck of a lot easier to amass 10k rep than get most of the gold badges (and of those that can be got before, they're difficult and time-consuming). Just make helpful and thoughtful answers and you'll climb the mountain; the accelerated route is to compete for bounties. There's no need to make badges give out “monetary” awards.

That said, if there's points being given out for gold badges, there should be something for the lower badge levels too (e.g., so that there's 1 rep for bronze, 10 for silver, 50 for gold) to form a full system. Like that it would give a small boost but won't distort the requirement for experience at the lower levels before granting access to the advanced capabilities.

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They already get a golden badge as a reward for whatever they did. I don't think there needs to be an additional reward for receiving a reward.

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☢ "This reward was brought to you from the department of redundancy rewardments." – mario Dec 22 '10 at 3:00

I agree, but would it be fair to reward the user with only 500 points? It doesn't seem much, especially since - like you said - gold badges are very difficult to get.

Maybe along with the 500 rep reward, the user could be awarded an additional gold badge too.

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Huh? So award a gold badge for earning a gold badge? – animuson Sep 12 '13 at 18:12
@animuson I think a little bit of crossover weren't surely bad, because it induced additional motivation. Only the eigenvalues of the crossover matrix should remain far below 1. In laymans terms, the reputation which we get for a golden badge shouldn't be enough to get an additional golden badge, even the comulated effects of the whole cross-reward spectrum shouldn't be enough to induce infinite loops. The real activity could be easily calculated by a simple matrix inversion. – peterh Oct 10 '14 at 14:57
@animuson and 5 other people... whooooosh. – Mark Amery Oct 19 '14 at 15:57

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