In my place of employment, if someone goes above and beyond to help you, you can nominate them for an award. That award comes with a plaque, as well as a bonus check. It really promotes a positive work environment, and gives incentive to continue to do the best you can do.
I was wondering if something like this can/should be implimented on SE. Obviously not a monetary award, but could we have the ability to nominate someone for a "cookie". A special badge that they could have. A hat they can wear. A unicorn or a piece of toast for their profile. Whatever it may be. For you jocks out there, think of the "Stargell Stars" from the 70's-era Pirates, or high school/college football teams that have stickers on their helmets. Just something that says, "Hey, this guy stuck with me and got me a great answer", or "This guy exemplifies what SE is all about".
I envision it as something where it is submitted to a peer review with a high rep floor. 10K or something. People who obviously know when someone has gone "above and beyond". Similar to reviews, it has to be approved by 3 or 4 or 5 people.
All this is wide open to policy tweaking, I'm just trying to lay the idea out and see what people think.