This is a repost of my earlier answer (25 votes) on the New Profile feedback master list. According to Oded's edit, that thread has been abandoned and we should raise our issues through the usual channels. As that issue went unaddressed...
I was dismayed to find that badge progress is unavailable for tag badges1.
So, I clicked the cog in the badge widget to configure my Next Badge...
... only to find that my desired badge was unavailable:
Once you’ve earned all the privileges, the “next privilege” bar automatically starts tracking your progress toward your closest tag badge (or another one of your choosing).
So, tag badges aren't treated like other badges; you have to earn 20k rep before tracking them... in a separate widget... which is both unexpected and disappointing.
I imagine that design discussion went something like this:
Engineer: Are we really going to put all these tag badges in the unfiltered select your next badge view? That's going to cause a performance hit.
Designer: That, and it's really going to clutter the view. By the way, I need something to put in the next permission space once a user has all permissions. I hate wasted space...
Unicorn: Guys, guys... two birds with one stone! We'll track tag badges in the space used for next privilege... and since they'll need 20k rep, that's only like 1% of our users who will ever potentially see it! Performance hit averted and, as a bonus, we can promote this feature as a "reward" for high-rep users. It all hangs together so perfectly! #guitar-riff #rainbow-trail
Unicorn's solution, while certainly expeditious and spin savvy, leaves a bit to be desired. I'd suggest one of the following:
- Add some UI cue which indicates to the user that suddenly tag and non-tag badges will be treated differently... you know... just for this aspect of the site... for some unknown reason.
- Simply add tag badges to the whole badge-tracking feature instead of setting them apart. Maybe filter by favorite tags or offer a 6th tab? I personally don't care that I won't have a next permission to track at 20k. There will still be plenty of badges... in the badge tracking UI. Just put a "you're awesome" sticker in the next permission slot.