DuckDuckGo serves up little karma badges like this:

karma badge screenshot
(in action: my about page).

However, apparently the karma data for StackOverflow is no longer grabbed (and will show up as 0 points if you attempt to use include it in the badge).

I know SO has its own badges, but there is value in one, uncluttered widget like this.

I spoke with Gabriel Weinberg (of DDG) and he said SO seems to be rejecting his bot’s attempts to grab the data, anymore.

Could we possibly un-block his bot?

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    Blah, wasn’t sure whether this is more a feature request, bug, or support item.
    – Alan H.
    Commented Mar 15, 2012 at 19:26
  • And unblocking it for all SE sites, as well as SE overall would be great.
    – cdeszaq
    Commented Mar 15, 2012 at 19:40
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    Isn't the interesting question here "Why was it blocked in the first place and has that situation been fixed?" Commented Mar 15, 2012 at 20:25
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    @dmckee I suppose that is! I guess my head was all “solutions” more than “why,” really. But “why” is probably step 1…
    – Alan H.
    Commented Mar 15, 2012 at 21:01
  • I thought DuckDuckGo was a search engine. What's the point of all this "karma" nonsense? And why should we be supporting it? Commented Mar 16, 2012 at 4:56
  • @CodyGray It is a search engine, but what’s the harm? I think the intent was a combination of Gabriel wanting such a karma badge himself + thinking it might be a decent way to popularize DDG. (Hey, I thought Google was a search engine. What’s the point of this Google+ nonsense? ;) )
    – Alan H.
    Commented Mar 16, 2012 at 16:39
  • Hmm, no answer has been submitted yet. Admins?
    – Alan H.
    Commented Aug 15, 2012 at 0:42


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