I suggest two new badges:
- Greedo - first bounty earned (bronze)
- Boba Fett - earned 2000 rep through bounty (silver)
Imported from UserVoice ticket, "Bounty hunter badges", originally posted by Jon Skeet.
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I think despite the common objection, this badge would be a good idea for a few reasons:
Badges are different from rep @Tomas' analogy is apt. "Reputation is like money, whereas a badge is like a present!" When they award a Nobel prize, they don't say "8 million dollars should be enough award for anyone", they also give you a diploma and a gold medal. You could buy a lot of diplomas and gold medals with 8 million dollars, but that isn't really the point.
Plenty of bounties go un-awarded Whether you look at the numbers by total rep or by count on new Questions from January-September about 1/3 have gone un-awarded. That isn't a terrible number, and I realize from looking at that queue myself that's partially because some of the questions that get bountied are just terrible questions to begin with.
It isn't really terribly easy to get a lot of rep from answering bounties Notable exceptions aside (cough @MrGomez), your average rep whore's time is better spent trying to provide definitive answers to fairly simple questions.
Bounties are only offered by contributing members of the community If what it takes for some expert in some obscure technology to click on the 'Featured' tab every so often to check for some troubled community member completely stuck on the same is the promise of accumulating points toward some random badge, I don't see a downside to that.
TLDR version: To me, the reward of helping out on bounty questions is simply helping another developer with a last-ditch attempt to get a problem solved. I really don't see how adding a silly badge or two if it encourages some people to try to do that more often can really be a bad thing.
I was about to submit a duplicate question before I searched and found this one.
Maybe we could also (as in have both) award badges for rep won from bounties
Here are some supporting links for more bounty features:
I've been thinking something like kelly s french's idea.
After seeing this thread, I'm surprised something like it hasn't been implemented.
I feel 100 bounties is too high a bar to shoot for gold.
Instead (or in addition)
This is really old, nonetheless I think it should be declined.
People who win bounties already get a big reputation bump, additionally we are adding 4 bounty related bronze badges for the people we create bounties. Mainly to teach people how the system works.
People who win bounties already get a substantial reward, a huge reputation bump. Additionally, with the badge changes it will be possible to browse through all the bounty questions.