There are badges for asking questions, and there are badges for answering questions. But what about a badge for people that answer questions and do other things, but without ever asking questions. Maybe I'm so brilliant that I know all the answers (NO). Maybe I'm just afraid of asking my first question (Maybe). Maybe I just really enjoy helping folks get answers to their questions (Yes). But what about those users who give without taking? (If it could be characterized that way, which would be debatable, subjective, case-dependent) -- Do they (we) deserve a badge of their (our) own?

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    Well now that you have asked this question you are no longer eligible ;)
    – Lix
    Commented Mar 19, 2012 at 13:30
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    @Lix once the dam is bust... Commented Mar 19, 2012 at 13:30
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    ..and we retract the badge once a question is asked?
    – Bart
    Commented Mar 19, 2012 at 13:37
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    @Bart - Badges are never retracted
    – cdeszaq
    Commented Mar 19, 2012 at 14:08
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    @cdeszaq That was somewhat my point.
    – Bart
    Commented Mar 19, 2012 at 14:09
  • ok, folks aren't liking it. I'd withdraw the proposal if I could, but once there's an anser, I guess that's not possible, right?
    – dldnh
    Commented Mar 19, 2012 at 15:11
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    @dldnh Voting is different on meta. On here, people genuinely do not mean anything negative toward you when they downvote; they are just expressing disagreement with the request. It's a bit weird =) Commented Mar 19, 2012 at 15:22
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    heck of a way to encourage discussion! but that's OK, no harm done. :-)
    – dldnh
    Commented Mar 19, 2012 at 15:23
  • Indeed! Some people here strongly agree with that sentiment. Commented Mar 19, 2012 at 15:46
  • my bad, I guess, for making a [feature-request] and not a [discussion]
    – dldnh
    Commented Mar 19, 2012 at 15:50

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I'm not a fan of this idea. I realize that the reusable chunks of knowledge that stick around on these sites come from the answerers, so their contributions are very, very important. The fact that upvotes on answers count for more than upvotes on questions is clear evidence that SE (and likely much of the community) supports this position.

However, I would hate to see good, on-topic questions not get asked just because someone is trying to get this badge. The only way we get good answers, is for people to ask questions.

Overall, I don't feel like this badge would encourage good behavior; it would just discourage (some) good answerers from also asking decent questions.

  • I definitely understand the point of people withholding good questions.
    – dldnh
    Commented Mar 19, 2012 at 15:18

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