Example for a bronze badge:

[XYZ] badge Earned 100 upvotes for at least 20 answers in the XYZ tag.

I see many answers that are just accepted but not upvoted. Shouldn't accepted answers also be valued?

I agree that upvotes and acceptance aren't the same. But I think accepted answers are more significant practically. Why isn't accepted answers' count considered while awarding badges for tags?

Update: I would recommend considering non-voted accepted answer as +1 for tag-badges (something like this 95 upvotes and 5 accepted(0) answers for atleast 20 answers in the 'XYZ' tag.)
I do not intend to recommend ones that have already recieve some upvotes.

Though there are badges like unsung hero and tenacious are awarded for such category of answers.. they are general tags and they don't acknowledge one's contribution to a technology/domain

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    because we already have another badge for Zero score accepted answers: tenacious
    – Wouter J
    Mar 6, 2013 at 15:37
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    @WouterJ And its big brother Unsung Hero.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Mar 6, 2013 at 15:43
  • But wait! They are generic badges .. they don't acknowledge one's contribution to a technology/domain! Mar 6, 2013 at 18:06
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    IMHO considering non-voted accepted answer as +1 for those, it might make sense. But not the ones that recieve some upvotes :-/
    – yo'
    Mar 6, 2013 at 22:53
  • @To_Anonymous, I am interested to discuss about how valid my suggestion is.. So please let me know your thoughts on downvoting. I accept downvotes, but just let me know, what makes it downvote worthy. Mar 7, 2013 at 12:42
  • It wasn't me, but downvotes are different on meta.
    – bfavaretto
    Mar 7, 2013 at 16:32

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Accepting an answer means it helped the OP solve his problem. The post's score represents the community's opinion on the helpfulness of the post.

I value the community's opinion much more than I value the OP's (no offence OPs, you're awesome!).

The point is to have someone give you a thumbs up for your answer, you need to post helpful answers to get the badge, not only answers that'll solve the very specific problem presented in the question.


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