So, recently, the Reviewer bronze badge was introduced, and, shortly thereafter, made a silver badge:

Originally I thought a bronze makes sense here. But in retrospect I do not. [...]

Introducing a bronze badge here is odd. Traditionally bronze badges are "welcome to the system" badges.

This made me think of another bronze badge introduced a few months back: Proofreader. It is also odd as a bronze badge because:

  • It is certainly not a "welcome" badge, as you need to be fairly established already to have a shot at it (5k+ to access the edit queue).
  • Reviewing 100 suggestions is not that easy a task, especially when compared to other bronze tasks, like "voting on a post" or "making an edit".

If we take the decision-making part out of the equation, it'd still involve finding 100 suggestions to vote on, and then reviewing them before someone else does. Maybe I'm just on the wrong site for this sort of thing, but having any suggested edits in the queue is rather uncommon. Personally, 100 took me about 3 months (and one guy who was really keen on editing tag wikis).

This might be less of a problem on SO, what with requiring 2-3 votes and having an insane amount of activity, but still.

TL;DR Proofreader should be made a silver badge, maybe with raised requirements.

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    If you're going to include a tl;dr block, you should probably not put it at the bottom, where anyone who thinks your post is "too long" will, uh, "didn't read" to.
    – Pops
    Nov 9, 2011 at 22:05
  • @PopularDemand The TL;DR block is there for who read all the post and are still wondering, "What is this post about?" :-)
    – apaderno
    Nov 10, 2011 at 0:00

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Actually, once having acquired the 5k reputation, it is extremely easy to get the Proofreader badge. By then, you do not have to search for edit suggestions; simply find them by visiting http://[site].com/review/.

Besides that, when considering "welcome to the system" the only argument for badges being bronze, the question targets other badges as well, e.g. every bronze Tag badge and Quorum. Change them too?

I am not sure this badge should become silver.

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    I know. Finding as in, checking the edit queue and actually being lucky enough to find a suggested edit there. On SO, getting this badge is probably only limited by how fast you can hit the approve button, but I wouldn't know about that.
    – a cat
    Nov 9, 2011 at 21:04
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    To address the edits: I'd say Quorum is a welcome badge ("made a contribution to meta"). As for tag badges, well, they're a different beast. There's 3 tiers, and I suppose they have to start somewhere.
    – a cat
    Nov 9, 2011 at 21:11
  • Maybe the threshold for less popular sites should be lowered then.
    – NGLN
    Nov 9, 2011 at 21:12
  • @NGLN, Similar ideas of scaling badge requirements has been raised before. Personally, I think scaling the badge requirements will just get problematic as the site grows. Nov 11, 2011 at 8:57

I think that on every site other than on SO, this is the hardest bronze badge to get (other than precognitive), by a lot. There are simply not that many suggested edits that just hang around in the queue. On SU and SF, it is the bronze badge with the lowest number of people that have attained it. As such, would be nice if it was a silver.

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