I suggest that we turn the Weed Eater hat of Winter Bash 2015 into a permanent badge. I'm not sure what name it should be given, or what color the badge should be. Perhaps we can introduce several levels of this badge, depending on the number of answered and accepted Tumbleweed questions.
This hat rewards answerers that seek out questions with low visibility and provide the asker the answer they were looking for (hence getting the answer accepted).
Since my very first post on the entire Stack Exchange network brought me my very first badge - Tumbleweed - I like the idea of rewarding such behavior.
The exact requirements for earning the hat, taken from balpha's answer are :
Here are the exact requirements for the hat:
- The answer was posted during Winter Bash and is not a self-answer.
- The answer is accepted, has a score of at least 1, and is not deleted.
The question is fully active (not closed, not deleted, etc.).
At the time when the answer was posted,
- the question was at least 7 days old,
- there were no (active) comments on the question,
- there were no (active) answers to the question, and
- the question had a score of 0.
I think we can relax the requirements a bit. I'm not sure that a score of at least 1 is necessary, since the OP of the question may not have enough rep to upvote, and we are talking about a question with low visibility, that is not likely to attract votes.
Can you think of any reason why adding such a badge may cause any undesired behavior?
Just to add some data - when I tried to get the Weed Eater hat, I searched for recent questions for which Tumbleweed badge was awarded. I found a question that probably would have gotten a lot more attention if it was tagged properly. It was given a single "small" tag (30 followers, 359 questions), which resulted in almost no views in 7 days. Had the major language tag that this question belongs to been used, it would have probably been answered within minutes. In this case, actively searching for a Tumbleweed question led me to a perfectly answerable question that only suffered from bad tagging.