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I recently answered a question that was several months old, and my answer was accepted. I thought this would earn me a badge, but upon looking, realised the badges were issued for upvoted answers, rather than accepted answers, fair enough I suppose as an answer may have already been accepted. However I did think it strange that there seems to be no gold version of this chain (e.g. 25 upvotes on an answer provided 90+ days after the question was asked). Does anyone know why there is no such badge?


Using EdoDodo's data query, here are some potential awardee numbers:
25 votes, 90 days = nearly 900 users
50 votes, 120 days = 250 users
100 votes, 120 days = 60 users

So now another question presents itself: How many users should a gold badge be awarded to, approximately?

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Feel free to ask for such badge.. edit one of the tags to badge-request and add full description of the badge. –  Shadow Wizard Jul 5 '11 at 7:55
You may want to run some queries on data.stackexchange.com to see if any existing users would qualify. That would give you some idea of it's potential to be awarded for future users. –  jonsca Jul 5 '11 at 7:56
And then pretty soon @JeffAtwood will be walking down the halls shouting, "Bring out your dead..." –  M. Tibbits Jul 5 '11 at 8:25
I've made a query that will take two inputs (the minimum days between question and answer, and the the minimum score of answer) and returns a list of people who would have received the badge, and the number of times they would have received it: data.stackexchange.com/stackoverflow/s/1555/… –  EdoDodo Jul 5 '11 at 8:35
If your answer was actually any good, it would have gotten an upvote at the same time that it was accepted. It's unclear why you think you deserve a badge for providing a mediocre (at best) and late answer. –  Cody Gray Jul 5 '11 at 8:50
Wouldn't you get a badge for the 25 upvotes anyway? Isn't that enough? –  Bo Persson Jul 5 '11 at 9:01
Well, in my opinion the revival/necromancer badges are great since they encourage people who have something new to add to an old question to do so. It seems like it would be a good idea to add a gold version of them. –  EdoDodo Jul 5 '11 at 9:16
@CodyGray I only joined the site last week. Clearly your answer was even later than my own, as you have not written it yet. I wasn't saying I deserved a badge, only that I thought I had earned one, but in fact was mistaken. This led to my investigation and the question above re: gold badges. –  Nicholas Jul 5 '11 at 10:14
Yeah, upon closer inspection it looks like I got bogged down in the introduction and didn't completely understand the point you were making at the end. I still don't think a badge is necessary here. You already get a badge for answers with 25+ upvotes. –  Cody Gray Jul 5 '11 at 10:21
@EdoDodo That's great. I have amended my question with some sample results. –  Nicholas Jul 5 '11 at 10:23
Well, gold badges should be difficult to obtain, but not impossible. In my opinion, (100 votes and 120 days) is way too difficult to obtain, and (25 votes and 90 days) is a bit too easy. Perhaps (50 votes and 120 days) would be a good choice? –  EdoDodo Jul 5 '11 at 10:41
While I, in principle, agree with @Cody -- there probably shouldn't be a new badge -- I can understand / appreciate a desire to encourage users to revisit and improve old answers / questions. –  M. Tibbits Jul 5 '11 at 17:45

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I don't think a "gold necromancer" would bring any additional value to the table.

Necromancer exists to encourage people to continue answering old questions instead of focusing entirely on new questions. There's not a lot of difference between 60-day-old questions and more-than-60-day-old questions, so the new badge would be filling the exact same niche as the current one.

You could increase the score requirement, but as commenters have pointed out, there are already badges for high-scoring answers.

"Gold necromancer" wouldn't complete the "Revival/Necromancer/... pattern," either, because it's not a pattern. Revival is only awarded to the "first answer scoring 2 or more" (emphasis mine), so it serves a different purpose than Necromancer: reducing the number of unanswered/poorly answered questions.

One criterion that might make sense for a new badge is earning an acceptance on an old question. However, the OP may no longer be around, and a decent answer would get upvotes in addition to the checkmark, so this wouldn't be too useful in practice. It wouldn't deserve to be gold, either.

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