I have about 4-5 questions like that. Usually, they are complex questions in areas where quite a small percentage of people have expertise.

There were several cases when I was wondering whether it makes sense to write a question at all, because I was almost sure that I wouldn't get any answer.

I think it makes sense to introduce such a badge to encourage people to continue writing complex questions in rare areas.

Also, I want to point out the (kind-of) similarity of this proposed badge to the "Unsung Hero" badge.


Seeking answers to one's problems should be the only encouragement that one needs.

If you need a badge to make yourself ask a question, then you really didn't have a problem that needed solving.

  • I would compare it in with the Tumbleweed badge. It's a badge that I'm not exactly happy to have (I'd much rather have the question answered) but I would classify it as a consolation; I can't have an answer, but at least I can have a shiny badge that helps me feel people are aware of my plight even if they can't help. – Daniel May 21 '13 at 20:51

I understand where you're coming from here but I think it would also incentivise posting meh questions in random, rarely used, tags in the hope that no one downvotes...

I agree that posting difficult questions should be encouraged but I think finding better ways of bringing them to other people's attention should be the goal. After all, it's all very well getting a badge but if no one ever answers the question it's fairly useless.

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    P.S. Are you sure your unanswered questions are as difficult as you think? Maybe you just haven't written as good or interesting a question as you believe? For instance, I know absolutely nothing about the subject but the answer to b) in this question is yes. – ben is uǝq backwards May 21 '13 at 20:45
  • Complex is quite relative term. I use it for questions which require either a lot of experience to answer or a lot of research to do. Most of my unanswered questions are more research heavy (vs experience heavy). – Victor Ronin May 22 '13 at 2:02

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