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Having 10, 50, 300 answers with:

  • 5 or more upvotes
  • The highest voted answer on a question
  • Question has no accepted answer after 30 days
  • Question is not a community wiki

It's really annoying when you provide a decent answer to a question and the asker neglects to accept it, this would go some way to compensating for that.

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For the third criterion, do you mean without an accepted answer? Generally, "unanswered" on Stack Exchange means no upvoted or accepted answers. – waiwai933 Mar 8 '11 at 23:39
I do, I'll clarify that – fredley Mar 8 '11 at 23:39
Badges are generally supposed to encourage good behaviour. I'm not sure about this one though. Isn't this a camouflaged rant? :) – BalusC Mar 8 '11 at 23:57
Not really, as John pointed out this will encourage more questions to be answered by people who currently don't answer questions from new users or users with a low accept rate (and the 5+ constraint requires that they are good!). – fredley Mar 9 '11 at 0:24
RIght, but I'd rather do it from the other way on: encourage the questioner to accept answers. Although this might not always have the desired effect on certain types of questioners. – BalusC Mar 9 '11 at 0:32
I would like to have the bronze medal awarded at 5, so I can get it. :-) – CanSpice Mar 9 '11 at 0:34
@BalusC Better to encourage good answers to these questions, rather than the asker to blindly accept bad answers. Having good answers should in theory make them more likely to accept! – fredley Mar 9 '11 at 0:47
That's exactly what I meant with certain types of questioners :) – BalusC Mar 9 '11 at 0:48
I'd call it the "Loser" badge. – Won't Mar 9 '11 at 13:35

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I don't like many badge requests, but this one seems good. I've seen many people who will only answer if the asker has a high accept rate. I think this badge would be a good incentive for people to answer all questions.

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Are you sure, absolutely sure you want yet another badge? I propose to merge an existing badge instead.


This shows the usual suspects getting 3 more badges. But that does not mean it is a bad thing

441 Bronze
47  Silver
9   Gold

Just as a thought, maybe we can tweak unsung hero to include this, since the goals seem similarly aligned.

- Awarded for percentage of accepted answers having 0-vote answers.
It this answer and many more like it worthy of a "hero" tag?

From comments below, I would like to see swung around to include dual pathing - either via the original criteria (0-vote answers) or via the criteria proposed here.

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Maybe tweak the values at which you get the badge, but it encourages more good answers (where currently there is a drought) so why not? – fredley Mar 9 '11 at 0:59
Nice query. The majority of the users in this list already gives damn good answers in general (and have a plenty of badges for it already). I can't imagine that they ever care about this badge. Maybe you should add an extra parameter which represents the % of total answers like as done with Tenacious and Unsung Hero? Still, I'm not sure of the feasibility of such a badge :) – BalusC Mar 9 '11 at 1:03
Possibly, it is the evil twin of unsung hero I guess – fredley Mar 9 '11 at 1:05
@fred for "good" answers, there are already nice/good/great answers as well as enlightened. For consistent behaviour, there is already the legendary series. – RichardTheKiwi Mar 9 '11 at 1:07
@BalusC I was never a fan of Unsung Hero, only because it discriminates against those who already have loads of badges (and rep). But if we merge that with this, it would be cool again. – RichardTheKiwi Mar 9 '11 at 1:09
Me neither. --- – BalusC Mar 9 '11 at 1:13
I also like the idea of combining this with unsung hero. – Tim Post Mar 9 '11 at 5:54
How exactly do you think they should be combined, either the current set of constraints or these ones? – fredley Mar 9 '11 at 10:19
@fredley exactly. Either path is valid - 0-vote accepted or 5-vote+ unaccepted (in summary) – RichardTheKiwi Mar 9 '11 at 18:45
Why did you include the [unsung-hero] tag? Tags are not badges, and those tags don't even link to any questions. – Pops Mar 9 '11 at 19:00
@pop It's just styling, is it so wrong? – RichardTheKiwi Mar 9 '11 at 19:02
@Richard Well... kinda, yeah. – Pops Mar 9 '11 at 19:22
@pop and that's because...? the "code sample" is not code either, but I prefer it to >. Should I be losing rep for these breaches? – RichardTheKiwi Mar 9 '11 at 19:26
@Richard, I didn't downvote you; nobody has. It just seems semantically wrong. – Pops Mar 9 '11 at 19:46
@pop I didn't downvote you I never claimed that. It was a tongue-in-cheek comment which reads "is that a punishable offence" - currency on SE being "rep"? Otherwise, I like my style with all due respect :) – RichardTheKiwi Mar 9 '11 at 19:50


  • question isn't Community Wiki
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Yes, agreed, I'll add it to the spec – fredley Mar 8 '11 at 23:32

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