What is the purpose of the tumbleweed badge? Why is asking questions no one answers or looks at a desirable accomplishment?
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I see it more as a consolation prize. No one looked at your question or answered it, so here's something to hold you over until you get an answer.
I think the purpose of the Tumbleweed badge is (or should be) to bring attention to a neglected and probably esoteric question. Unfortunately it fails in that regard because we only see what users are awarded badges and not for which questions.
So basically this badge would have a whole lot more value if you could browse the questions awarded Tumbleweed.
It seems like the one badge where you could be rewarded for being intentionally mediocre. I could write a well phrased question about a topic that nobody cares about, so nobody answers or even reads it. It would be a valid question, so it won't get closed and would it just sits there until I get a badge.
Maybe there should be a tumbleweed cleaner badge for someone that answers one of these questions, or a tumbleweed question of the day based on moderator selection?
I think the reason is, that if a question has no answers for a week, it must be pretty hard question! If it was just a crappy question/spam/etc, chances are it would be closed within a week.
That, or it's the the system's way of saying:
Sorry, I couldn't get you an answer. Please forgive me :(
I think that it encourages people to not leave the site and ask other questions in the future although they don't get answers for all of their questions.
"An 'A' for the effort" :)
I think it rewards questions that were maybe done in specific technologies. For instance, I have done many questions about Apache Zeppelin which is not very popular at the moment, but maybe my questions will contribute in the future and they are building new knowledge. I'm glad I got the badge :o)
Maybe it's a way of indicating that people don't care or perhaps want you to look for an answer somewhere else on the Internet (as I found mine).