Awarded to users who managed to keep at the top contributors of a for the Last 30 Days for 30 straight days, while earning at least 30 upvotes in that tag, during the last 30 days.

It can be awarded multiple times (but only once per tag), and the amount of upvotes and the class of the badge is up for discussion.

Ex: if Eggs McLaren stays at the top for 30 days straight, but it's not able to earn at least 30 upvotes in that tag, he doesn't get the badge.

The original idea is to award the badge only for the user who stays at the 1st position of the list (higher score), for 30 days.

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    Now the question is, how do you deal with the occasional viral question that produces 500+ upvotes in one month? Should a minimum answer count be added? This has happened to me twice in the C++ tag.
    – Mysticial
    Mar 21, 2012 at 18:02
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    And should it be applied retroactively? (I shamelessly say YES!)
    – Mysticial
    Mar 21, 2012 at 18:03
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    If you're amenable to a name change, this seems like sort of the opposite of Generalist, so perhaps it could be called Specialist?
    – Pops
    Mar 21, 2012 at 18:05
  • @Mysticial Interesting question. I think that a limit of at least 10 answers could be added. Mar 21, 2012 at 18:05
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    30 upvotes in the last 30 days is good for the less popular tags, but for many of the top tags everyone in the last 30 days leaderboard would get it. Mar 21, 2012 at 18:06
  • It's just for the individual at the TOP. Just the highest score, not all of them. Mar 21, 2012 at 18:06
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    Ah, I get what you mean now. Mar 21, 2012 at 18:10
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    @PopularDemand Sounds interesting, but I think this badge invokes challenge, since you will be competing with the TOP guys at the tag to remain at the top, so I'm still voting for Relentless. But the community can suggest this name change in an answer and we can vote for it as well. Mar 21, 2012 at 18:14
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    This could be applied retroactively. This happened to several badges already. Mar 21, 2012 at 18:16
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    Hey look, a dupe. meta.stackexchange.com/questions/87014/… One that's painfully vague, though. Mar 21, 2012 at 18:16
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    Just from a technical standpoint: we don't track this data, and it would be quite expensive to do so (really hard to justify for only a badge)...I can't say that I see this happening. Mar 21, 2012 at 18:17
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    @BoltClock: But I agree with Jon's answer from that question. This badge really isn't needed.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Mar 21, 2012 at 18:18
  • @BoltClock thanks, but it's quite vague indeed. Glad to hear Mr. Skeet might be interested in this thread. Mar 21, 2012 at 18:18
  • @animuson: Same here (but I guess I'm biased). Mar 21, 2012 at 18:19
  • @animuson This idea has a much more limited scope and reward mechanism. There will be no silver/gold Relentless badges, I think bronze is just fine. On a side note, I think Jon Skeet is sick of getting any kind of badges. I am not! =D Mar 21, 2012 at 18:29

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Expanding my comments to an answer.

I agree with this proposal, but there are a few issues that may need to be addressed first.

Viral Questions:

They happen about once or twice a month and often accumulate 500+ votes. This will likely shoot the answerer to the top of the list for every single tag on the question.

(It's happened to me twice... I wouldn't mind the badges, but would I really deserve them?)

So as you suggested in the comments, placing a minimum answer count would prevent a one-time answerer from getting the badge and will prevent an avid user from getting it in all the minor tags that were on the question.


What if the question gets retagged? Should we revoke the badge? What if someone retags several question to the same tag to push a particular month over the limit?

Is this considered abuse?

Might be impossible (for mortals) to get in some tags:

Hmm... think C#, Java, etc... You know what I mean.

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    About retags, this is not a new problem. It's a problem we always had and we always will, and have been influencing other badges as well, like Generalist. About being impossible, the purpose is to be challenging. :) But I think in the end this should be a bronze badge. Mar 21, 2012 at 18:22
  • Getting to the top of a list is actually still very hard. Even if you stay clear of Jon Skeet's territory and go into something like C or C++ (where there's a bit more diversity in the top users), I've only done it once without the help of a viral question. So a bronze badge might not be "enough".
    – Mysticial
    Mar 21, 2012 at 18:33
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    I agree with the concern about viral questions. I'd love to see this implemented with a minimum question requirement, just like existing tag-based badges. Mar 21, 2012 at 18:45
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    The C++ tag badges are becoming more obtainable as top users continue to drop like flies. Mar 21, 2012 at 21:31

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