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Today we have a silver badge (Yearling) for a user who is active for over a year and who has at least 200 reputation. On similar lines, can we have a gold badge for active users for 3 or 5 years who have at least 500 or 1000 reputation.

To summarize my thoughts, I would suggest a gold badge for any one of these options-

  1. Gold badge for active user from 3 years and reputation > 500
  2. Gold badge for active user from 5 years and reputation > 1000

I cant think of a suitable badge name for this yet. Any thoughts on name of badge is also appreciated.

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I wouldn't make it dependent on total reputation. I'd make it dependent on (say) gaining 1000 reputation in each year of being a member. I don't think they should have to be consecutive years though.

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In true Stack Exchange style, this should require 1000 reputation earned not just in consecutive years, but in consecutive UTC years! – Grace Note Mar 18 '11 at 15:30
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@Grace, hopefully they will factor in leap seconds. – jjnguy Mar 18 '11 at 15:49

I like the idea: as StackExchange grows older, rewarding people for remaining active since the beginning of time makes sense and should be on the same level as Fanatic. Although I would argue the Yearling badge should no longer be awarded multiple times in favor of the gold badge.

For the badge name: what about Veteran or Greybeard as the badge name? I'm partial to Greybeard, myself.

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Greybeard is not the most woman-friendly badge name you could come up with :-) – Kate Gregory Mar 18 '11 at 13:26
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@Kate: Depends on the woman. :-) – CanSpice Mar 18 '11 at 15:53
    
We could give the user the option to rename it "Crone" :) – Tom Zych Sep 2 '11 at 8:21

If it wasn't for the fact that you get a Yearling badge for each year you're a member* I'd vote this up.

* The rule is if (reputation > number_of_years * 200) so you can get nothing the first year and then 2 badges the second.

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@ChrisF - Oh, I wasn't aware of the fact that yearling can be awarded multiple times to same person. However, it does not turn into a gold badge right? – Sachin Shanbhag Mar 18 '11 at 12:28
    
@Sachin - it stays silver, but if you're a member for 5 years with more than 1000 reputation you'll have Yearling * 5 in your profile. – ChrisF Mar 18 '11 at 12:30
    
@ChrisF - I was hoping somehow if users can get Gold badge for long time active users..;) – Sachin Shanbhag Mar 18 '11 at 12:33
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Here's the source; note my comment underneath it. Of course, at this point, the number is nearing one and a half millenia. – Pops Mar 18 '11 at 15:18
    
@Popular Demand - Actually sorry, funny but I somehow understood what you meant with your FunFact. I am deleting my previous two comments. I understood it is making no sense now. Basically you meant even if Job is not an active user for next 4 or many years, even then he will continue to earn yearling badge right? – Sachin Shanbhag Mar 18 '11 at 15:42
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@Sachin, yep, that's it! – Pops Mar 18 '11 at 16:11
    
@Popular Demand - My only thing in feature request would be for a Gold badge rather than same silver badge every year. GOLD badge is some kind of distinction rather than having 5 silver badges, that is what I am thinking. :) – Sachin Shanbhag Mar 18 '11 at 16:12

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