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I feel that the Fanatic badge requirements is little bit strict. Someone doing an activity for 90 consecutive days may easily have one of those odd days where its beyond his capabilities to do some activity. It could range from things like falling extremely ill, going mountain climbing, etc.

A possible way could be to maintain a Stack system for counting consecutive days. If user fails to do activity on a certain day, his contiguous count will be reduced, otherwise it will be increased. Since this would be way easy to achieve if the upper limit is only 100 days, that figure could also be revised, say 500 days.

The definition of activity could also be revised. Mere, viewing questions should not be counted. User must at least leave one answer, comments etc.

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possible duplicate of Get rid of the "consecutive days" requirement – YOU May 3 '11 at 6:45
Looks like SE is in no mood to change the requirements for the badge :). Still it would be nice if they did :( :D – Shamim Hafiz May 3 '11 at 6:53
If you can't fulfil the requirements of the badge then you are clearly not a fanatic :) – slugster May 3 '11 at 7:30
This is nuts. You aren't entitled to earning a gold badge. If you simply can't get on the computer for 100 days in a row, you simply won't earn the badge. It's meant to signify extreme dedication, not meant to be earned by everyone. Buy a freaking mobile phone if you want to earn this badge so desperately. – Cody Gray May 3 '11 at 7:58
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Fanatic, is in my opinion the easiest gold badge. You only have to visit the site 100 consecutive days. You don't even have to answer or comment on anything.

Its also the only gold badge that can be aquired without help from other people. (Unless you have 1000 IP addresses you can use).

So removing the only constraint isn't that wise to do.

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True its easiest to get. I was very close to getting it, but then came the day where I just possibly could not manage to sit on the PC. – Shamim Hafiz May 3 '11 at 6:52
@Gunner, I have had that once. But there will be 100 other days in the future. – Toon Krijthe May 3 '11 at 6:53
@Gunner - I got to about 93 consecutive, and then got stuck on my travels without a WiFi hotspot in range in the outer wilds of some English hill country. I was annoyed - but I got the (SO) Fanatic badge in the end. I haven't bothered on the other sites. – Jonathan Leffler May 3 '11 at 7:55
if your comment about the ip addresses is in reference to the "famous question" gold badge then the figure should be 10,000. – Brian Reichle May 3 '11 at 14:59
@Brian Reichle, I refer to the publicist badge. – Toon Krijthe May 5 '11 at 5:41
@Gamecat: Oops, missed that. – Brian Reichle May 5 '11 at 12:02
@Gunner - no offense, but you are a programmer. Write a 10-line app to fire off an HTTP request to your profile URL and leave it up indefinitely. :) – one.beat.consumer Apr 3 '12 at 0:29
@one.beat.consumer no offence, but it would work only under certain circumstances, for example reliable internet provider. The ones I've dealt with required the router to be manually restarted on (ir)regular basis. So it's still easier to train your cat to restart router and log to SO for you (and phone your provider, if necessary). – Danubian Sailor Mar 14 '14 at 12:49

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