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As the title suggests does anyone have ideas for additional badges for SO?

I liked the idea of 'hidden' ones that are triggered by odd, random criteria. Basically Easter eggs.

Also:

  • Member of all 3 stack overflow sites

Edit: Made it a community wiki so people can edit easier.

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    I wonder if we could get Jeff to comment on the status of badge requests.
    – jjnguy
    Jul 9, 2009 at 13:26
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    I, too, wonder if we could get @Jeff Atwood to comment on the status of badge requests.
    – Randolpho
    Apr 14, 2010 at 13:34
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    @Randolpho: I'm pretty sure that @ thing only works for names of people have actually spoken somewhere above your comment...
    – SamB
    Apr 15, 2010 at 18:34
  • @Randolpho +1 for intentionally trying to abuse the system to get Jeff's attention. Jun 12, 2010 at 0:08
  • @SamB: It was worth a try...
    – Randolpho
    Jun 12, 2010 at 3:54
  • Locking ... I can not find anything here .. its ridiculous. meta.stackexchange.com/questions/58700/… If you have real badge suggestions please post them separately as feature requests. If you have less serious ones post them when its Friday in Iceland.
    – waffles
    Jul 28, 2010 at 2:17

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Slacking Off at Work

For people who spend most of their workday on SO!

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  • Or, even more appropriately, on Meta SO. :-)
    – RobH
    Feb 5, 2010 at 1:21
  • Meta.Slacker
    – IAbstract
    Feb 9, 2010 at 19:40
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Revisionist - Based on the ratio of posts to edits for the original author of a post. The higher the number of edits, the closer to the badge you get.

Perfectionist - Based on the ratio of posts to edits by anyone, including the original author. The lower the number of edits, the closer to the badge you get.

I don't know where the badge threshold would lie for these, but I think they would encourage better quality in posts.

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We Understand You - Provided a answer that was accepted when another answer had 10x votes.

Shows that you understood the question better than the majority of the community.

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  • The top-voted answer had 10+ votes, or 10x the votes you got on your accepted answer?
    – Jon Seigel
    Apr 30, 2010 at 22:13
  • Sounds like another version of Populist. May 5, 2010 at 19:06
  • Usually when this happens, it is the higher-voted answer that is better, not the one that got the check mark.
    – Ether
    Jul 12, 2010 at 3:41
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Almost equivalent to unsung hero (what it should have been maybe?)

Bronze/Silver/Gold

(Insert Name Here) - Number of accepted answers doubles the number of asked questions. With more then 10 accepted answers
(Insert Name Here) - Number of accepted answers doubles the number of asked questions. With more then 25 accepted answers
(Insert Name Here) - Number of accepted answers doubles the number of asked questions. With more then 50 accepted answers

Maybe instead of number accepted answers it could be doubles/triples/quadruples. This badge is more aimed at all the people who answer more questions then they ask.

EDIT: (A negative badge)

Duper - First post closed because it was a duplicate

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    Re Duper - We shouldn't have badges that reward negative behaviour.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Jul 15, 2010 at 9:27
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    There's nothing wrong with asking questions. Jul 25, 2010 at 3:06
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Another one may be Gives Credit (as chaos suggested in his answer) for users having accepted answers for all/most of the questions they asked.

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Googled, for when N one's answers / one's questions appear as first in Google search results ;-)

Just kiding. I think while it is a nice concept, it would be too hard to implement: first one would have to decide how to detect 'first result in Google search', and second decide what search query to use (whole question title?).

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  • Use the server's referral logs to see people who've come in the first page of a google search? Aug 6, 2009 at 1:25
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    When someone found your question via Google.
    – user146787
    Aug 18, 2009 at 8:49
  • Too easy to game. Google indexes SO very well, and it should be trivial to construct a long enough query to find any specific question.
    – Gnome
    Apr 8, 2010 at 6:29
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Bridge

Given to answers which are voted down because the answerer misread a word in the question.

The name comes from the Cream song "Badge," which was famously titled by mistake.

The title has nothing to do with the song. Clapton saw Harrison's notes for this, and misread "Bridge" as "Badge." He thought this is what Harrison named the song, so they used it for the title.

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    How would this be given? It can't be figured out manually. May 27, 2010 at 12:53
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Competitor (Probably Silver)

After reaching 10K Rep, every 2 weeks there is a calculation taken of everyone else on the site with over 10K rep. Whoever has the most upvotes in the past 2 weeks gets this badge.

Anyone who won in one of the last 2 rounds is taken out of the running.

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    So Jon Skeet, Marc Gravell, and somebody else would alternate?
    – mmyers
    Aug 18, 2009 at 21:55
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Cannibal — deleted own accepted answer when other answers had more votes

Edit: based on bobobobo's observation, maybe Seppuku is a better term for it... or in Japanese: 切腹

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  • This sounds a bit like.. eating oneself actually. autocannibal?
    – bobobobo
    Oct 18, 2009 at 14:33
  • @bobobob... you are correct Sir! Maybe "Seppuku" would be a better term. We could even use the original Japanese: "切腹"
    – beggs
    Oct 19, 2009 at 4:21
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    Unfortunately you can't actually delete an accepted answer - so the Cannibal badge is a non-starter.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Oct 24, 2009 at 14:37
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Has anyone suggested badge images yet, like the ones seen in Team Fortress 2 or on Kongregate?

(I haven't read all the suggestions above. Perhaps there should be a badge for 'failed to read all previous suggestions because of short attention span'?)

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Charity A silver badge given when a user piggy backs on another user's question and offers a bounty to answer it. Resulting in an increase by 5 upvotes

Philanthropy A gold badge given when a user piggy backs on another user's question and offers a bounty to answer it. Resulting in an increase by 15 upvotes

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A badge for anyone who asks or answers a question on the Trilogy on Christmas day

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    I think the "Has No Life" badge has already been proposed.
    – mmyers
    Dec 23, 2009 at 15:18
  • it's 2:20am on Boxing Day, and I managed to miss coming onto the site. YAY ! I must have a life.
    – cometbill
    Dec 26, 2009 at 2:20
  • @mmyers It's not on this thread. @cometbill Christmas or Thanksgiving day.
    – rlb.usa
    Apr 13, 2010 at 23:12
  • Omg this is up tomorrow
    – bobobobo
    Dec 24, 2010 at 7:01
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Similar to Beginner's Luck, Rookie of the Year (or "of the Week"). Hit 1000 rep within the first week of joining.

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    This will create many "What's your favorite..." being asked by newbies and quickly closed as duplicates.
    – rlb.usa
    Apr 13, 2010 at 23:08
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Detox: User with more than 200 reputation abstains from the web site for more than a week.

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  • Why would you want people to not come to the website? =S
    – juan
    Jul 1, 2010 at 23:48
  • You have to both come to the web site, and later on not come to the web site. We don't want addicts, do we? (Don't answer that) Jul 8, 2010 at 7:34
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    Surely SO is designed to create addicts?
    – AndrewC
    Oct 25, 2012 at 8:43
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Remorseful

Give a down vote to a user, and then give the same user an up vote within an hour (or similarly short period).

Basically a "well that's just wrong", followed by "but no hard feelings, ok?"

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    Interesting idea, but as the focus of SO (and all the other sites) should be the post not the person I'm not sure how this idea would sit with that.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Jul 15, 2010 at 9:25
  • They'd have to be to different questions / answers, right? Jul 25, 2010 at 3:04
  • @Andrew - yeah, you take away rep from them for a bad post in one area, then give them some rep back for a good one somewhere else.
    – Cebjyre
    Sep 9, 2010 at 7:03
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Professor

User who's majority of rep (maybe 90% or so) is from up-votes on accepted answers. With a minimum rep of 10,000.

Pupil

User who's majority of rep (maybe 90% or so) is from questions. With a minimum rep of 10,000.

Minority View

User who commonly up-votes something that has very many down-votes or down-votes somthing with a lot of up-votes. (Basically disagrees with community)

Poor Sport

User who down-votes all competing answers to the same question as himself.

Thats all I can think of for now, I may add more later.

Update

What about badges you have to be nominated for? Like..

Above and Beyond Must be nominated by 20 users for going above and beyond to help them.

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  • Negative badges aren't accepted, so "Poor Sport" won't be accepted. Mutually exclusive badges are also fairly unlikely. Jul 27, 2010 at 23:55
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oops!

Vote your own question closed.

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  • I couldn't come up with a one-worder :(
    – badp
    Jul 25, 2010 at 18:28
  • This would be easy to game just vote any of your real questions as NARQ, everyone will disagree with the close vote and it will disappear after a few days.
    – Andy E
    Jul 25, 2010 at 18:33
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    You need to be able to close first, @Andy. That's a lot of rep. Also, it's not like there aren't easily gameable badges out there.
    – badp
    Jul 25, 2010 at 18:44
  • -1 profanity sucks. Jul 27, 2010 at 10:06
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    Excuse me, @Andrew, I'm not a native speaker, where's the profanity?
    – badp
    Jul 27, 2010 at 10:13
  • Urban dictionary: whoopsie Jul 27, 2010 at 23:53
  • In my defense, Oops => whoops => whoopsie :( fixing
    – badp
    Jul 27, 2010 at 23:59
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Best of a Bad Bunch - For every X answers where you're the highest voted (and at least 2 upvotes) but the answer isn't accepted. Acts as encouragement to give good answers to questions that are unlikely to ever satisfy the OP.

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That's not my name

Change your name from "Unknown (google)" within 5-10 minutes of registering on the site.

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    So those who register first don't ever get the badge?
    – random
    Dec 23, 2009 at 15:01
  • No, as they're forced to enter their name as far as I know. This is to encourage the 1000s of "Unknown (google)"'s to reveal themselves. The alternative is to just give them a stupid random name
    – Chris S
    Dec 23, 2009 at 20:20
  • I'd want that badge, no fair
    – juan
    Feb 4, 2010 at 16:17
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Underminer, or Zealot

when you downvote more than (three?) competing answers on the same thread

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  • We shouldn't really support such behavior with a badge. Jul 14, 2009 at 3:00
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    @gnovice: these badges, like "prison tattoo" are meant to deter this kind of behavior, not encourage
    – bobobobo
    Jul 14, 2009 at 14:47
  • This is behaviour that should be showing up in the moderation tools, not being awarded a badge.
    – Ether
    Oct 18, 2009 at 4:31
  • And then the mods can award the badge?
    – bobobobo
    Oct 18, 2009 at 14:32
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Anger Management
Awarded for every 100 consecutive posts that don't result in a close of a flag.

Obviously, the criteria could be tweaked but this is intended to encourage people to write on-topic contributions that don't troll or incite others into angry responses.

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Transcendent — 100K rep, can be awarded multiple times, for each 100K rep.

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Overlord — Awarded for having the most rep. This badge can be lost when you no longer have the most rep. (could also be calls The One Badge.

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    I like. Sounds ..precious.. my precious.. Feb 4, 2010 at 23:24
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A Hall of Fame badge for those who will reach 100k reps.

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    Wow, these last four are pretty much all for Jon Skeet.
    – random
    Sep 13, 2009 at 0:50
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    You could just go to page 1 of the Users tab for this.
    – Ether
    Oct 18, 2009 at 4:29
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Blowhard for someone who posts in many different tags, but doesn't have any accepted answers... a failed generalist.

Socrates/Know Thyself for very large percentage of answers (100%) upvoted or accepted

Badger for someone who suggests a badge here that becomes real

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    Blowhard doesn't make sense because badges shouldn't be rendered invalid by subsequent (normal) actions.
    – Ether
    Oct 24, 2009 at 0:44
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Downer or, Parent

Votes for closing of threads with high traffic

for example. Stuff that comes out of these threads bring color to the site.

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Snake or Pirate for copy and pasting somebody elses previous answer into a new question without linking to it.

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    The checks for that would be wayyy to heavy. Sep 9, 2009 at 8:52
  • Have community check? I know I usually fume at seeing such obvious plagiarism, even when not directed at me.
    – DVK
    Oct 7, 2009 at 4:32
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    We should only give badges for good behaviour.
    – Ether
    Dec 11, 2009 at 5:21
  • @Æther: Now that I have used these tools for a while I agree 100% Dec 19, 2009 at 14:32
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Deity — name is Jon Skeet

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    It would be very confusing when everyone changed their display name to "Jon Skeet" (might be fun for April Fools' day though.)
    – Perpetual Motion Goat
    Feb 8, 2010 at 17:19
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Prison Tattoo — For going into penalty box more than once.

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    Encourages negative behaviour.
    – Richard
    Jul 6, 2009 at 9:01
  • I don't think this is meant to encourage negative behavior. See discussion under rjstelling's "troll" badge meta.stackexchange.com/questions/…
    – bobobobo
    Jul 14, 2009 at 14:59
  • This would be better denoted on the user's profile page, in a stats window.
    – Ether
    Oct 18, 2009 at 4:30
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