When I saw the "flag weight displayed in profile" announcement a few days ago, I left a comment stating that it eliminated the need for a badge I was about to propose. But with a few tweaks, I think the badge could still be useful.
It's well-established at this point that most badges exist to encourage good behaviors, and most of the remainder exist to alert users to features they might otherwise not know about. Flagging has a "notification badge" — Citizen Patrol — but no "good behavior badge."
Flagging is an important part of keeping the site running efficiently, but it's often overlooked. We need to encourage people to think of it as a regular part of using the site, not a feature reserved for rare, exceptional conditions. This is especially true now that the devs have overhauled the flagging system to make it more accessible/less scary. So, we should have a badge for users who meet the following two criteria:
- Raised 1000 total flags
- Earned flag weight of 400 or greater
This could also be modified with a third parameter to encourage people to visit the
/review page, which is currently not encouraged by anything at all. Perhaps one of the following conditions would do:
- Submitted at least 25% of total flags from
- Submitted at least 200 total flags from
- Flagged at least one post from
/reviewevery day for ten consecutive days
Pending tweaking of the exact numbers, I propose creating the silver-level Vexillophile badge for this. It's not really gold-worthy, but it's a marked step up from the bronze Citizen Patrol.
I don't want to see a suggested edits criterion added for this badge. The edit review system is important, but it's not related to flagging, so it should have its own badge. If I recall correctly, there is actually one in the works.