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I see so many users with a single gold badge "Famous Question" on stackoverflow. Why is the criteria to get the badge only 10k views? Stackoverflow is a very popular site. Its ranked very high in countries like India. For a site like stackoverflow, which attracts so many visitors a day, this badge doesn't seem rare to get for a noteworthy question.

Why not raise the criteria to 20,000 views or even more?

  • I've seen that question. I'm requesting to increase the view count. – Sorter Oct 22 '13 at 15:32
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    The criteria is time. Wait long enough and you'll get enough views. – Uphill Luge Oct 22 '13 at 15:32
  • @D3EP4K: That question asks for similar increases. The answer is still the same: No. – Martijn Pieters Oct 22 '13 at 15:33
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    10k views are still A LOT for a question. – ThiefMaster Oct 22 '13 at 15:37
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    Why do you feel the badge should be harder to get? Where's the harm in people actually achieving the badges? – Adam Lear Oct 22 '13 at 15:38
  • @AnnaLear Since thats what is mentioned on the site. "Gold badges are rare". And indeed, other badges are comparatively rare to get. For this badge, you ask a good question and never visit the site again. – Sorter Oct 22 '13 at 15:40
  • I didn't expect so many downvotes. I understand it's a possible duplicate. I'm not going to get a "famous question" badge sure, for this one. – Sorter Oct 22 '13 at 15:42
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    Roughly 48000 people out of 1202458 who ever asked a question on Stack Overflow have the "Famous Question" badge. I don't think we have to worry about it being too common just yet. :) – Adam Lear Oct 22 '13 at 15:46
  • 92.9k awarded for famous question.. which is way ahead of runner up great answer(9.6k awarded). It just stands out in the list. stackoverflow.com/help/badges?tab=General&filter=gold – Sorter Oct 22 '13 at 15:49
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For other stack exchange sites, such as Christianity, 10,000 views is exceedingly difficult. We're nearing three years, and only 18 have been awarded to date. This same level that you feel is too low on SO would be too high on C.SE.

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    Not really a reason since those criteria could probably be differ between sites. – ThiefMaster Oct 22 '13 at 15:37
  • Well, in that case, the criteria should be relative to the popularity. – Sorter Oct 22 '13 at 15:37
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    @ThiefMaster That's an even harder sell for us since we're trying to make the sites behave as close to the same across the network as possible. – Adam Lear Oct 22 '13 at 15:38
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    @D3EP4K So as the site grows, the badge becomes harder to get? That doesn't seem fair to folks who join up later. – Adam Lear Oct 22 '13 at 15:39
  • @AnnaLear hmm.. valid argument. – Sorter Oct 22 '13 at 15:43
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10k views for a single question are a lot no matter how big Stack Overflow is.

I just checked my highest-viewed questions:

So unless a question gets an external boost (mostly reddit/hackernews) it takes a long time to reach 10k views.

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  • The universe is expanding with an ever increasing rate :D . – Sorter Oct 22 '13 at 15:57

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