While talking with a coworker I realized that very often I answer my question through the act of composing and email (but not sending) or writing a SO question (but not posting).

Working through the details and doing the additional research often reveals the answer, at which point I either abandon the post or post it anyway and immediately post the solution.

Since answering your own question is covered by the Self Learner badge, I think there should be a badge for abandoning questions before they are posted.

I realize it would be tricky (or impossible) to implement in a way that's not easily susceptible to abuse but nonetheless, I think it's a neat idea. And might spark some other good (possible) ideas.

If nothing else, it could spur other badge ideas (e.g., using the related questions list that shows up while asking a question to find your answer without asking a new question).

  • Talk to the duck.
    – random
    Commented Sep 10, 2009 at 16:16

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It's easy to implement, but requires the direct-to-brain interface.


You know you're talking about the most-easily-gamed badge in history?

boom A computer crashes. — "Hey, look, a silver badge."

  • Yes, I realize that. It's more of an idea that I thought could lead to better, more reasonable (?) ideas Commented Sep 10, 2009 at 15:34

No. Is their a "bad idea of the day" badge for meta? Joel couldn't be more correct. This would be waaaay too easy to game.

  • wow, who cares if someone games a badge Commented Sep 10, 2009 at 17:38
  • +1. If only there was a "good idea of the day" badge on meta! I'd have nominated your badge suggestion pronto. C'est la vie.
    – nagul
    Commented Sep 10, 2009 at 18:33

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