When viewing a badge's page (e.g. Strunk and White), it would be fantastic if it displayed on that page whether or not you currently had it.

As I was looking at the 2013 Moderator Election, I noticed the list of badges that are required for someone to nominate themselves. Each of them link to their own page, but for me to determine if I have the badge, I have to go do some digging into my own profile. It would be super convenient if it just showed that information right on the page.

 ( o Strunk & White )   Edit 80 posts.

 You have earned this badge.
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    We've got a total badge page redesign on the list, but it keeps getting bumped for more important things. I hope to get to it in the next few months.
    – Jeremy T
    Mar 12, 2013 at 16:48
  • @JeremyTunnell Looking forward to that even if it's been bumped!
    – nickhar
    Mar 20, 2013 at 1:00
  • @JeremyTunnell so doesn't it justify status-planned for this question? :) Mar 20, 2013 at 9:47
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    @ShaWizDowArd To me, status-planned means that I've committed to fixing this specific problem, and the fix is imminent. In this case, I haven't started thinking about the badge page redesign, so I can't guarantee that I'm going to fix this specific problem. Nor can I guarantee that it's going to be imminent. I'm afraid a "hey man, I feel your pain" is about all I'm willing to commit to at the moment :)
    – Jeremy T
    Mar 20, 2013 at 14:37
  • @Jeremy OK fair enough, thanks! Mar 20, 2013 at 14:55

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I'd say this is a great idea. I'd go a step further too - It would be even better if they put your progress towards all your badges (on the badges page). Whilst I'm not against clicking individual badges and finding out more, it would prove useful and save time (the shortest of commodities) for all users to get an overview of their overall badge progress:

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If we polled them, I'm sure users would be interested in seeing their badge progress in one place!

In addition to the obvious advantages (and having spent some time on MSO), I also think that this type of summary page would decrease the number and frequency of "badge progress" questions/answers/dupes/closures.

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    While I think showing a progress bar is a good idea, I think putting it all on one page like this might make it look a little too cluttered... Just my opinion.
    – ɥʇǝS
    Mar 20, 2013 at 3:18
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    There could be a show-hide option (default to hide) for the progress meter if the page feels too crowded. Optionally, the meter could be shown per-badge on hover, or we could get someone to design a way to integrate the meter into the badge itself (behind the text, perhaps). Jun 10, 2013 at 15:12
  • @GeorgeCummins Agreed. Various ways of achieving it really, which will hopefully be the focus of the UI/UX at SE in getting this feature status-completed
    – nickhar
    Jun 14, 2013 at 1:39

This is a good idea, and would be even better if they put your progress towards that badge on that page if you haven't earned it yet. For example, there is no way to check your progress towards the Archaeologist badge.

 ( o Strunk & White )   Edit 80 posts.

35 to 80 progress line

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    Ooooh, I love the idea of having the progress on that page as well. Feb 26, 2013 at 23:55
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    Sorry, I have to say this. 45 of 80 should have the green bar at least past the half mark.
    – user213400
    Feb 27, 2013 at 1:46
  • @Siva, good catch, back to the editing box for me. Feb 27, 2013 at 1:46
  • Definitely this would be very useful! Feb 27, 2013 at 2:26
  • @LanceRoberts A great no-brainer here. I'll dispair if we don't get a one-page badge summary. Just think of all the bandwidth we'd save!
    – nickhar
    Mar 20, 2013 at 2:57

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