I just looked at the Badges page on Meta Stack Overflow and the Fanatic badge is strangely absent. I suspect that it's been intentionally ommitted as the Fanatic badge was announced before Meta Stack Overflow went live, and Super User, which was launched after Meta Stack Overflow, has the badge (though it hasn't been awarded yet). It now sounds like this could be an oversight, since the Fanatic badge was only added to Super User yesterday.

On the one hand, as a user that would be a recipient of the gold badge I'm inclined to request that it be added, but at the same time I can understand that Meta Stack Overflow has a different dynamic than the rest of the sites. It's obvious who the daily contributors are, so the existence of the badge might be redundant.

Should Meta have a Fanatic badge, or is the Enthusiast badge enough?

P.S.: I'm not posting this for purely theoretical reasons - today would have been the day that the badges would have been awarded.

  • Finally implemented!
    – Kip
    Dec 7, 2009 at 19:24

5 Answers 5


I'm guessing because "meta means murder", and Jeff doesn't want to encourage us too much, even if we are off on a different site ;-p

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  • 3
    My excuse is that the ♦ needs it - so what are you losers doing here? <g> Oct 6, 2009 at 15:54
  • 6
    I saw the door open and entered. Now I can't get out.
    – perbert
    Oct 6, 2009 at 16:04
  • 9
    @voyager: Welcome to the Hotel California. Oct 6, 2009 at 16:09
  • 2
    You can check out, but never leave Oct 7, 2009 at 2:04
  • 2
    Better to check out than to commit. Oh, you're not talking about source repositories? Apr 6, 2010 at 8:52
  • The link is (effectively) broken. It redirects to http://www.codinghorror.com/. Mar 25, 2022 at 10:20
  • @This_is_NOT_a_forum feel free to fix it, I guess? Mar 25, 2022 at 12:39

Perhaps the implication is that those of us who spend a lot of time on meta are proving our fanaticism to such a great extent, that the badge would serve no further purpose.

  • 1
    Geddouofhere with your talk of no need for badges. A badge is a badge is a want another badge.
    – random
    Oct 6, 2009 at 23:12
  • @random, agreed, I want it as well, just hazarding a guess. Oct 7, 2009 at 1:06

I guess no one wants to show that we don't have a life.

  • Oh good, finally out of hiding.
    – random
    Apr 15, 2010 at 23:17

It was only just added to Super User. I guess it is a manual configuration per site, and as random says, it shows you don't have a life.

  • 4
    Since when did anyone need evidence? Oct 6, 2009 at 15:50
  • Thanks for finding this, I've updated my post :-) Oct 6, 2009 at 15:52
  • Said what when?
    – random
    Oct 6, 2009 at 23:13
  • It just sounds like a familiar random quote, not sure where it was mentioned though. Head scratcher.
    – random
    Oct 8, 2009 at 2:49
  • @random I thought you had answered this question just before me with that sentiment. The answer is no longer visible to my low-rep eyes so I can't tell if you're messing with me or I have got you mixed up with another answererer Oct 8, 2009 at 16:32
  • Not on this question at least. Probably on another though.
    – random
    Oct 8, 2009 at 23:04

The Woot badge is on all sites - I thought Fanatic was, too.. but alas, it is not.

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