First question on meta, be nice :)

Here's the idea, basically we currently have the Convention badge, that's there in part I guess to encourage people over here and participate in the community. I propose that we have another set of badges that award people for participating in multiple communities in the Stack Exchange Network.

The idea for the new badge could follow that of the Convention badge and require 10 posts with a score of 2, but requiring that for say, 3-4 different Stack Exchange sites.

Possible badge names/success criteria:

  • Chameleon (bronze) - 2 posts with a score of 2 on 4 networks
  • Adaptable (silver) - 5 posts with a score of 2 on 4 networks
  • Multi-Talented (gold) - 10 posts with a score of 2 on 4 networks
  • 10
    Those numbers are far too low.
    – ChrisF Mod
    May 4, 2012 at 10:46
  • @ChrisF yeah they are subjective. Wondering what other people would suggest for the actual criteria :) May 4, 2012 at 10:47
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    First question on meta, be nice :) We are always nice! +1 since I already meet the requirements for gold.
    – yannis
    May 4, 2012 at 10:47
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    And where would these badges would be awarded? All participating sites?
    – Oded
    May 4, 2012 at 10:51
  • @Oded yeah all of them I think it makes sense to do it that way, kinda simliar in a way to Autobiographer, you automatically get that on account creation on another site because it is imported from SO? May 4, 2012 at 10:55
  • @mattytommo - Well, that gets copied and if complete you get the badge (which is still individual to the site).
    – Oded
    May 4, 2012 at 10:58
  • @ChrisF you got a suggestion on the numbers? :) May 4, 2012 at 13:00
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    I thought there was only one stackexchange network.
    – user1228
    May 4, 2012 at 14:48
  • @Won't maybe that's not the correct terminology, but I was referring to the different sites such as webmasters.stackexchange.com and math.stackexchange.com I assumed they were StackExchange networks, but I guess they are StackExchange sites :) May 4, 2012 at 14:50
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    @mattytommo: Hmm, I failed to enrage you with my snark. I shall try again another day. Until then, fare thee well.
    – user1228
    May 4, 2012 at 14:53
  • @Won't haha maybe try on a Monday, dude it's Friday afternoon so even if you virtually bitchslapped me right now you couldn't wipe the smile off my face :D May 4, 2012 at 14:56
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    Don't give him any ideas... May 4, 2012 at 19:12
  • Related
    – John
    May 4, 2012 at 21:33
  • See answer here, meta.stackexchange.com/a/253982/13295 Apr 20, 2015 at 23:38

2 Answers 2


This would have to be off-site. See a good implementation at

Stackathlon 2.5: Leader board for users active on multiple sites

We looked at this as a possible enhancement to the reputation leagues:


But nothing other than StackAthlon does cross-site awarding. For what it's worth, it is exceedingly rare for any given user to have high rep (say, 2k+) on multiple sites, so if you do achieve this, you are exceptional almost by definition.

The rareness of this is one reason why we didn't pursue a deeper native StackAthlon, though I love the idea, and the Bruce Jenners of our network.


Possibly related: back in April 2010 we proposed some badges that worked at the "whole site" level, that is, the site itself would earn badges relative to its peers in the network. But we kind of shelved that idea.

  • So how many such exceptional people are there? May 4, 2012 at 20:43
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    @Gilles I like to think we're all exceptional.
    – Keen
    May 4, 2012 at 20:44
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    @keen some are more exceptional than others. Someone should probably build an app that enhances StackAthlon so we can find these multi-site savants easier. Surely it's possible with the SE API 2.0... May 4, 2012 at 20:45

I like it but there's a tiny tiny problem: On what site would the badge be awarded to?

We currently have no notion of network badges, but as the network grows I think we should start thinking about network wide badges and other types of network wide recognition. One use case this might be useful would be for all our friends that participated in closed betas, a network wide badge might only be a very small recognition of their hard work, but it's better than nothing.

Anyways, I like the names, but as @ChrisF mentioned your numbers are very low.

  • Hmm, well I'm not sure how the badge awarding system works currently, but couldn't it just poll the network accounts to get the information? Kind of similar to how it works on your accounts page in StackOverflow. It should be awarded on all participating sites I guess. May 4, 2012 at 10:55
  • @mattytommo Well awarding the badge on all sites is one possible solution, but that would mess up things like the combined flair, the total badge count would be off. It's one thing to get the same badge on all sites, and quite another to have people believing you have more badges than you have actually earned. Certainly the combined flair could be tweaked to only count net badges once, but that sounds too much trouble for what it's worth.
    – yannis
    May 4, 2012 at 10:58
  • The closed beta people get to keep certain vote-related badges. May 4, 2012 at 10:59
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    @Manishearth Interesting. Keep them where?
    – yannis
    May 4, 2012 at 11:00
  • @YahooAnswersenthusiast Yeah whilst I agree it is more trouble that it's worth, but it opens the doors for the possibility of other badges of the cross-network nature :) May 4, 2012 at 11:00
  • @mattytommo That's why I upvoted your question, and took the time to answer. ;P
    – yannis
    May 4, 2012 at 11:01
  • @YahooAnswersenthusiast: Let me reword that. Users on the closed betas which are being merged with Physics get to transfer certain vote-related badges on Physics . See "As a member of one of the sites to be migrated, what do I need to do?" section here May 4, 2012 at 11:01
  • @Manishearth Ah, that's very specific and it only applies to people involved with questions that were successfully salvaged, and unfortunately they are a very small minority of the total crowds of the closed betas.
    – yannis
    May 4, 2012 at 11:03
  • @YahooAnswersenthusiast: Nope. Not for Astro and TP.SE. All the posts are being migrated, except for astrophotography (to photo.SE), and quantum computing(to cstheory.SE) meta.stackexchange.com/questions/130342/… So that's nearly all the posts, and it's likely that you get to keep the badges. May 4, 2012 at 11:05
  • @Manishearth I like it that Astro was mostly salvaged, but there were 5 other betas closed, and there were others before them and there will be others in the future. Is there a point in continuing this discussion? I already know you helped salvaging Astro, and I upvoted your relevant Meta questions, but I get the feeling you are spamming me a bit now...
    – yannis
    May 4, 2012 at 11:09
  • @YahooAnswersenthusiast: Sorry if you though it was spamming :( I sort of just wanted to point out that it was not completely true that the closed beta people lose their badges. Just posting the links since I didn't want to re-explain :/ . May 4, 2012 at 11:11
  • @Manishearth No worries, spamming wasn't the best word to use there. In any case, the badges people keep from their work on Astro are now Physics/Photography badges, what I had in mind was more like a badge saying: "I was one of the brave few of Astro.SE", on the top contributors' network profile.
    – yannis
    May 4, 2012 at 11:14
  • @YahooAnswersenthusiast: Aah, I get it.. Yeah, nework-wide badges in general is a nice idea. I, for one would get the [Too Much Time On MSO] badge ;-) . May 4, 2012 at 11:16

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