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Can we add a thousands separator for large numbers on the badges and tags pages?

For example: Badge would say 16,196

  • Can you explain why you desire that? – Daniel Fischer Sep 13 '12 at 22:53
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    I suspect simply because it's easy to read. Though I question the value of knowing whether there are 16,000 or 160,000 or 16 folks with that badge... – Aaron Bertrand Sep 13 '12 at 22:55
  • @Aaron The numbers are small enough that they're easy to read either way, aren't they? – Daniel Fischer Sep 13 '12 at 22:56
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  • @Daniel Depends on your eyesight (and, perhaps, state of inebriation) I suppose. I don't think the commas need to be there, but I can imagine how some folks may find it hard to read that number immediately. – Aaron Bertrand Sep 13 '12 at 22:57
  • Yes, to make them easier to read (and consistent with user's point counts). That particular number is not so hard to read, but the top tags on SO are harder. – Adam Sep 13 '12 at 23:04
  • It also makes sense, IMHO, to apply the same formatting to all numbers across the site. – Aaron Bertrand Sep 13 '12 at 23:05
  • @Aaron Could be. I guess I see a lot of numbers, so I'm used to it. – Daniel Fischer Sep 13 '12 at 23:05
  • @DanielFischer I definitely find thousands separators easier to read. On 4 and 5 digit numbers it may not be all that valuable, but like I said - consistency is king. – Aaron Bertrand Sep 13 '12 at 23:05
  • @Aaron, yes, consistency is a good reason (although, a foolish consistency ...). – Daniel Fischer Sep 13 '12 at 23:07
  • @Daniel I agree, but I'd love to hear arguments for keeping it inconsistent (aside from developer effort). :-) – Aaron Bertrand Sep 13 '12 at 23:13
  • It makes sense: The reputation does use the comma. I don't see why other numbers (which are probably more important) should not use it. – kiamlaluno Sep 13 '12 at 23:37
  • This becomes very important once over a million users have a certain bronze badge. 7 digit numbers are much more obviously 7 digits with the two thousands separators. This is still trivial priority though. – user172164 Sep 14 '12 at 5:12
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