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Badge for Closing Question

Since voting to close is behavior that should be encouraged, why are there no badges for it?

I was thinking that there should be badges for it similar to the way there are badges for voting in general (bronze for first one, some large number for silver, and much larger number for gold) but I am curious to see what others think.


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    Two words that sour every proposal to reward closing questions: Pile-on voting.
    – a cat
    Jan 19, 2012 at 19:07
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    Had a guy today who was going through all questions with -10 or more votes from 2+ years ago, flagging them as "not constructive". No, we don't need this, thanks.
    – user1228
    Jan 19, 2012 at 19:37

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Voting to close is behavior that should be encouraged.


Voting to close when appropriate is behavior that should be encouraged.


Not asking questions which are not appropriate for the site is behavior that should be encouraged. Additionally, editing and improving questions which are appropriate for the site so as to make them answerable and beneficial to the community is behavior that should be encouraged.

There we go. And we do have badges for edits.

  • I agree entirely. Voting to close is a necessary evil that we have available, and unfortunately need to use all-too-often. But I wouldn't say it's something we want to actually encourage. Jan 19, 2012 at 19:12
  • @AndrewBarber: Indeed, it's attacking the symptom rather than the cause. (Incidentally, this up-vote put me over 3,000, which gives me the ability to vote to close. My first vote to close was on this question about voting to close. That's a lot of meta... on Meta.)
    – David
    Jan 19, 2012 at 19:15
  • Speaking of 'voting to close', I believe you've just gained that ability here, thanks to my vote! hehe... Now, don't go getting crazy on us!! Jan 19, 2012 at 19:16
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    @AndrewBarber: chat.meta.stackoverflow.com/transcript/message/825478#825478
    – David
    Jan 19, 2012 at 19:18

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