When I'm curious about which tags might be about to earn me another badge, it would be useful for the user profile to show the current "badge level" for the tags.

If I look at the bottom of the user profile where it's got tags and badges listed, the system clearly has all the information available - and I could just look through each tag and see whether I'd already got a badge for it or not. It would be simpler if the tags just showed the gold or silver badge icon "inline" though in the list of tags, just to the left of the tag name.

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    New meta tag is needed: features-useful-to-only-Jon-Skeet.
    – Welbog
    Commented Sep 14, 2009 at 11:02
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    Jon, if you are bored and need more entertainment, I suggest filling the first page with 35 Jon Skeet accounts instead of looking for badges. You already have, WOW! MORE THAN A THOUSAND (:-O) badges and that's why it's hard to search in them. :)
    – mmx
    Commented Sep 14, 2009 at 11:07
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    like you need more badges. i don't need no stinking badges. :) Commented Jan 23, 2010 at 14:09

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There is only one badge to care about: Beta

And you will never get it! :-}

  • I want to upvote but I really can't since I have the same problem too :)
    – mmx
    Commented Sep 14, 2009 at 11:35
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    @Mehrdad: you cannot fight the truth. Swallow the pill and accept it! First step to get over it, is to upvote this answer. Trust me... Commented Sep 14, 2009 at 11:44
  • I don't think "the pill" is suitable for me ;)
    – mmx
    Commented Sep 14, 2009 at 12:02
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    @Mehrdad: you can chose between red and blue Commented Sep 14, 2009 at 12:05
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    I have a Beta badge :P Commented Sep 14, 2009 at 18:15

I've updated my Greasemonkey script to modify the blue rectangle to look like a badge (complete with gold/silver circle) for those tags that a badge has been awarded for.

To find out how close you are for other tags, you can click the triangle that's been added next to the tag to find the total votes for that tag (assuming you're not on the leaderboard for a tag in which case it's obviously simpler just to look there).

skeet tags


Are you talking about something like this?

all your tags belong to me

It'd go with the levelling up mindset behind the rep and the badges. You'd be able to see the levels and work out which one you need to cast the potion of alchemy on in order to go from silver to gold.

Sounds like a feature that would be useful for that single percent of users that are Jon Skeet.

  • -1 for Green Lantern. Couldn't you use someone cool instead like Magneto?
    – Welbog
    Commented Sep 14, 2009 at 11:56
  • @Welbog: it's no lantern. Get some glasses! Commented Sep 14, 2009 at 12:04
  • Yes, I mean something like that - although preferably integrated into the badge background colour. I don't think I'm the only person who would find it useful, although I'd find it more useful than most, certainly :)
    – Jon Skeet
    Commented Sep 14, 2009 at 13:07
  • If it's not Green Lantern, then -1 for making me think it was Green Lantern. I hate that guy.
    – Welbog
    Commented Sep 14, 2009 at 13:36
  • It's a green laser focussing on Green Lantern. Commented Sep 14, 2009 at 13:45
  • Okay, original image was of KR GL with the power of the ring shining on the tags. Updated it to reflect the background tag colours instead.
    – random
    Commented Sep 14, 2009 at 14:41
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    Aaahhh! Can't upvote edit! It hurts so much. Commented Sep 14, 2009 at 14:44
  • That's not quite what I meant by "integrated into the badge background colour" although it's interesting. I meant to include the badge icon just to the left of the text, but still within the existing badge background.
    – Jon Skeet
    Commented Sep 14, 2009 at 15:18
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    @Jon You know what you have to do here, crack open Paint and have at.
    – random
    Commented Sep 14, 2009 at 15:27

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