Over on Stack Overflow I asked a question that sat unanswered for over a month. I then noticed that one of the comments was actually an authoritative answer, and so added it as an answer and accepted it.

A couple upvotes later and I got the Revival badge. Not that I don't appreciate more bling, but this seems wrong to me. However, unlikely, I worry that this will encourage users to 'bump' their old unanswered questions with an answer and maybe get a bronze badge out of it.

Probably a minor deal, but: should the asker of a question be allowed to get a Revival for their own answer? I think perhaps not.

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    Maybe, but I'm not sure how much of a problem this really is.
    – Linuxios
    Apr 24, 2014 at 15:52
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    I'll echo @Linuxios here, what harm is being caused? What if you worked on a problem for 30 days and finally found an answer that nobody else had? Apr 24, 2014 at 15:52
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    Absolutely they should. Upvotes mean the answer was useful. If the badge encourages users to do that, that's excellent!
    – mhlester
    Apr 24, 2014 at 15:52
  • If it feels wrong to you, leave a comment to the person who "answered" the question in comment, suggesting they post an answer.
    – Werner
    Apr 24, 2014 at 16:20

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Bumping their unanswered question with a quality answer is not a bad thing. It is a good thing. Being rewarded for doing a good thing is a good thing.

If you were bumping the question with low quality contributions, i.e. non answers posted as answers, pointless edits, etc. to give it more attention without adding value then that would be a problem. There are means of addressing those problems when they come up, but none of them are the case here.

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    And since revival requires upvotes, bumping with low quality posts shouldn't earn anyone the badge.
    – 3ventic
    Apr 24, 2014 at 16:02

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