What if we allowed users to show off specific badges, you know, like those holiday hats? (aka winterbash)

I know that we can already see a badge count for users, so, for example, other users can see that I currently have 7 silver badges and 30 bronze badges. But some of those badges are more important to me than others, and I'd kind of like to show off my accomplishments.

Like hats, users could select some number of badges (maybe up to 2) which will appear more promintently on their profile. Rather than simply the text, the badges, like real medals, could have different designs and images that in some way reflect the accomplishment (hopefully humorously). For example, I might show off my Caucus badge after I've voted (which might help to encourage other users to vote) or my Informed badge (which might help to advertise the new About page). I just earned my first Good Question badge, which I'd like to show off, and I'm working toward Fanatic and Sportsmanship.

In all cases, the ability to show off specific badges we are proud of would help to promote those badges and the behavior associated with them.

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    For SO I'd use my unsung hero badge... and for MSO my 3 reversal badges :P I really like this idea! +1. This also kind-of falls in place with displaying a users citizenship level
    – Lix
    Feb 19, 2013 at 21:13

3 Answers 3


Low-tech solution warning!

The "about me" section of a users profile allows you to post whatever information you want to. Perhaps you could add this information there. Take some screenshots of the badges you want to show off and place them in some <img> tags...

You could even wrap those <img> tags with <a> tags making those badge pictures clickable and more believable ;)

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    I went to your profile and tried to type a comment :P
    – Doorknob
    Feb 19, 2013 at 21:56
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    @doo - Mission accomplished ;)
    – Lix
    Feb 19, 2013 at 22:01
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    Unfortunately, your images do not show up behind my workplace's firewall. (imgur.com is blocked by corporate policy)
    – JDB
    Feb 19, 2013 at 22:26
  • @cyb - that sucks :/ I hope without the image my answer is still understandable... Do you know of any other image hosting service that is not blocked?
    – Lix
    Feb 19, 2013 at 22:27
  • My company is pretty thorough. :) I'll check it out when I get home, but I understand the gist.
    – JDB
    Feb 19, 2013 at 22:28
  • @cyb - can you view the site from some 3G mobile device perhaps?
    – Lix
    Feb 19, 2013 at 22:30
  • @Lix - ::dreamy look comes over face:: Someday, I will own one of those.
    – JDB
    Feb 19, 2013 at 22:54
  • @Lix Legendary with < 12K means a lot of downvotes and bounties, doesn't it? Feb 19, 2013 at 23:08
  • @dan... Awww shuks... you caught me... I'm not really 27 nor monochromatic IRL either :P
    – Lix
    Feb 19, 2013 at 23:18
  • +1, but I'd really like the badges to show up in my user-card (so that other users don't have to go all the way to my profile)
    – JDB
    Feb 21, 2013 at 20:29

Going further on Lix's answer:

Why not change the markdown engine a little so that we not only have


elements you can use, which are eventually rendered as hyperlinks to the tag info page, but also have


which will render the badge icon and link.

  • Of course it would be necessary to make sure that only those who have earned a particular badge can actually display it in their profile in that manner.
    – Mr.Wizard
    Aug 8, 2014 at 18:10
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    Unless you want to say: Finally became [badge:epic]! Going for [badge:fanatic] now! Aug 8, 2014 at 21:37

Today is My first day as a member of the site and I already like that idea. Just like in Call of Duty. Pushes some people to go for the gold or provides a quick and concise message of whose stomping ground it is. I vote for the flaunting of the badges. I mean bronze? silver? gold? not being flaunted. If users are not going to be able to show them off then heck I am gonna atleast start selling stickers. Place your orders here. jk. unless you really pressure me.

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