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Although I have no doubt that this badge idea would get shot down, I find it amusing to think about.

Questions and answers would be able to accumulate special votes (almost like flagging a post) where each vote would be the equivalent to the voter facepalming. If you as a voter find the post jaw-dropping in the not-so-good way, facepalm at it.

Enough votes (say 10 or more facepalms) would trigger a special badge of shameful humor. It wouldn't have any more negative side effects than temporary embarrassment for the user, but it could serve as a reminder to think before you post.

The most famous facepalm in the world

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    How do I vote this question for the facepalm badge? Jun 30 '09 at 18:11
  • +1, but only for Facepalm. We might have to add a Double Faceplam as well. Jun 30 '09 at 18:12
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    @Thomas Owens: That would be the "headdesk". Jun 30 '09 at 18:13
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    Pesto: You must vote for the badge first, then we can all facepalm at this together.
    – TheTXI
    Jun 30 '09 at 18:13
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    Would easily lead to new users being outcast by the system, who may be unaware of the humor involved and become discouraged. Jun 30 '09 at 18:15
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    @Ian: Well, that actually sounds like a positive then!
    – GEOCHET
    Jun 30 '09 at 18:17
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    Ian: I would posit the argument that if you are capable of making a large number of the community bestow a facepalm badge on you, and you get discouraged to the point where you leave...then the community just was bettered as a whole. It not only prevents another amazing showing of dumbness, but prevents another thin-skinned user from whining about something else later on down the road.
    – TheTXI
    Jun 30 '09 at 18:26
  • I realize that it's useful to get rid of these people, but this is a business after all, and every user is valuable no matter how little or how vast their knowledge. Newer users are more likely to click ads :) Jun 30 '09 at 18:43
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    @Ian: And stupid users are more likely to make the good users who actually care about the site leave in mass numbers.
    – GEOCHET
    Jun 30 '09 at 18:49
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We only want to encourage good behavior with badges, not negative behavior.

Funny concept though.

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    I had better get to work on a boring, pointless question to earn my Tumbleweed badge <grin>. Jun 30 '09 at 18:26
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    Tumbleweed is throwing those users who had very bad results with their question a little bone. Dec 7 '09 at 0:11
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Funny idea.

But, if anything, it should be a self-awarded badge. Otherwise it's mean.

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  • If it's self-awarded, then it's kinda like the "Peer Pressure" badge. Jun 30 '09 at 18:36
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    facepalm .
    – GEOCHET
    Jun 30 '09 at 18:36
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    The point is that voting to give someone else a negative badge is borderline hostile. Jun 30 '09 at 19:11
  • If you make an insanely dumb post which X number of people thought was mindblowing, you'd probably get more discouraged from the downvotes it is sure to collect more than you would from the cheeky badge.
    – TheTXI
    Jun 30 '09 at 19:39
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Isn't this what down-votes are for?

If you make it a badge, good or bad, people will want it. Basically you're just encouraged bad questions..

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    plz tell me why u downvoted mah facepalm i beleive it added lots 2 tihs discussion Jan 30 '10 at 0:49
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This would just encourage spiteful behavior from users who could cast a vote for such a badge.

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