Most comments supporting the badge seem to center on some perceived rewarding of favourable behaviour.
I submit to you that there is no such correlation (badge recipient and favourable behaviour).
Here is some data I mined from SEDE. The queries take parameters (year/month) but the data tabled here is for November 2010, having excluded tags with less than 10 questions in the month.
(The site average is 21.96% [answers with 0-votes among all answers in the tag])
Tags view count percentile Rate_of_zero_score_answers Max_viewcount_per_tag -------------------------- -------------------------- --------------------- 0 to 5% 28.00 766 5 to 10% 26.72 886 10 to 15% 24.95 975 15 to 20% 24.14 1086 20 to 25% 22.92 1205 25 to 30% 26.50 1313 30 to 35% 25.22 1412 35 to 40% 25.75 1554 40 to 45% 25.18 1725 45 to 50% 26.74 1909 50 to 55% 23.10 2153 55 to 60% 24.61 2414 60 to 65% 24.44 2772 65 to 70% 23.94 3314 70 to 75% 24.61 4105 75 to 80% 21.53 5323 80 to 85% 21.83 7025 85 to 90% 23.48 9944 90 to 95% 20.69 15779 95 to 100% 20.85 462672
This means that on average, all things being equal statistically, anyone with a healthy number of questions should have a
tenacious badge (set at 20%) in hand! If you answer exclusively in the tags where the
view count (not question count) sits in the bottom half (after pre-excluding tags with less than 10 questions per month; but do avoid the 10th to 25th percentile), you have a fair chance of getting
Unsung hero (25% answers with 0-votes).
I leave the original text of this question below.
I reckon it is Unsung Hero. Maybe a tie between this and Copy Editor, but the requirements are a bit different.
This is the badge that possibly requires the least amount of work. All you need to do is to know that such a badge exists, and to have some friends. The requirement is at least 40 answered questions, with 10 (25%) of them at 0 votes. So once you hit about 34 or so questions, at the current rate of 0-vote accepted answers (pulling statistics from the air) you should have around 4 or 5 0-vote answers. This is where your friends come into play.. [edit - It is not so easy to game after all.. only accepted answers older than 10 days are considered so back to collecting 4-leaf clovers to make this badge (you can still do it using very obscure tags..)
On the flip-side, it is impossible to "earn" this badge. You either game the system to get the badge (see previous point), or you have to be extremely lucky. The longer you have been on an SE site, the luckier you have to be. Even if you went to low volume tags and answered a question, there may be someone who just happens to drive by and vote on your answer. You can try for low rep/new users who may not be aware they can upvote (or choose exclusively <15 rep users who
can not upvote) - yet other users will come by and vote you up (as they should given this is how the site works!).
Someone correct me if I am wrong, but the requirement is still that asker upvote is not exempt?
I read somewhere else that badges are supposed to enforce some positive behaviour, what exactly would this encourage? In fact, I find myself not upvoting answers if I see
- the vote count at 0
- either the answer has been accepted or there are no other answers
- the answer is from a <10k user
The 3rd point is because once a user gets to 10k or more, it is highly unlikely (s)he will ever see Unsung Hero.
- Has a badge ever been retracted [edit: what is this
Tirelessbadge that I read of and is not in the list?], and whether yes or no, do you think this badge should be retracted (in its current implementation)?
- How do we fix this badge?
- Are badges that merely recognize circumstantial happenings worth giving at all?
For comparison here are all the [current] Gold badges and some categorisation from yours-truly
- Famous Question - Asked a question with 10,000 views
- Great Answer - Answer score of 100 or more
- Great Question - Question score of 100 or more
- Legendary - Hit the daily reputation cap on 150 days
- Populist - Answer outscored an accepted answer with score of more than 10 by more than 2x
- Publicist - Shared a link to a question that was visited by 1000 unique IP addresses
- Reversal - Provided answer of +20 score to a question of -5 score
- Stellar Question - Question favorited by 100 users
Grind-able badges (civic duty)
- Copy Editor - Edited 600 entries
- Electorate - Voted on 600 questions and 25% or more of total votes are on questions
- Fanatic - Visited the site each day for 100 consecutive days
- Unsung Hero - Zero score accepted answers: more than 10 and 25% of total