On stackoverflow I see many different ways to get badges. Besides collecting just a list of badges for various tasks, do any badges award reputation points when you get them? I ask because I know certain things only become available when you have certain reputation point levels.

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    Not directly, but some badges indicate that you got lots of upvotes for your post.
    – Bo Persson
    Feb 22, 2013 at 17:16
  • Badges don't give rep but a very small number of actions are allowed only for people with specfic badges Feb 22, 2013 at 17:17
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    @KateGregory What actions are unlockable by badge only? Never heard of that.
    – user159834
    Feb 22, 2013 at 17:33
  • @WesleyMurch funny you should ask: meta.stackexchange.com/q/168661/147247 Feb 22, 2013 at 17:37
  • @KateGregory Ah, so I can be a Moderator if I get those badges? ;) "Reviewer" is just another badge, not an unlockable action.
    – user159834
    Feb 22, 2013 at 17:39
  • @WesleyMurch well you can't if you don't :-) Feb 22, 2013 at 17:40
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    "Hi Wesley, we think you're a perfect candidate for Moderator, all your paperwork checks out, we don't have any other applicants, buuuuuutt we noticed you don't have Strunk and White. Thanks, sorry, good luck." ;)
    – user159834
    Feb 22, 2013 at 17:41
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    @WesleyMurch Reminded me of "Dear Peter Wiggin: This letter is to inform you that you have received enough upvotes on your reddit comments to become president of the world. Please be at the UN tomorrow at 8:00 sharp." xkcd.com/635 :) Feb 22, 2013 at 17:48
  • There's a chance that a person saw you had a gold badge and immediately upvoted you without reading the body. Jun 5, 2017 at 12:52

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No, none of the badges award any reputation. You'll gain reputation for many of the actions required to get badges, but no extra reputation is awarded for a badge itself.

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    Announcer badge is typically one of those badges where I feel you evidently provided a valuable improvement to the quality of the site that it should honor you with a few points. Dec 13, 2019 at 8:08
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    I would argue the Archeologist and Archivist as well. Jun 26, 2021 at 4:15

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