I think that there should be a silver version of the Reversal badge.

Because of the extremely high number of votes (20) required, Reversal is the rarest of al the badges on SO. (Except Generalist, of course) On SF, no-one has won it, and on SU, it doesn't exist. (Why?)

There are many suitable answers (one, two, three) which simply haven't received enough exposure to earn twenty upvotes.

I'm not sure what parameters would be best for a silver version; what do you think?

  • Why was this downvoted?
    – SLaks
    Oct 30, 2009 at 14:37
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    Because someone didn't like the your suggestion.
    – random
    Oct 30, 2009 at 15:29
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    Downvoting questions is different on meta, since the score of a question also reflects community support for a feature. You might think a question is well-worded and valid, but downvote it because you don't think it should be implemented. That's okay. Don't take it personally (I didn't DV, btw). Oct 30, 2009 at 15:51
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    Maybe it was downvoted because someone was trying to get the reversal badge?
    – snicker
    Oct 30, 2009 at 18:33
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    I must have too much blood in my caffeine system - I keep reading the title as silly reversal...
    – AnonJr
    Oct 30, 2009 at 18:54

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Perhaps -5 with an answer of +5 or +10 (Bronze), +10 or +15 (Silver), and +20 (Gold). If someone could write a query on StackQL to see how many Bronze and Silver Reversal badges with my criteria would be given out, that would be amazing.


Since Reversal and Populist are the rarest gems of the badge array, why do you want to dilute them with cruddy silver and bronzed knock-offs?

Hand out cubic zirconias to those who just don't have enough of whatever it takes to ring and rock out the bling with diamonds?

Everybody's a winner right? No, not everyone can be.

And that's what makes those badges super duper special.

  • Actually, there are way more populists than pundits. On SO right now, there are 19 Reversals, 20 Pundits, and 182 Populists.
    – mmyers
    Oct 30, 2009 at 15:57
  • Populists sure get around.
    – random
    Oct 30, 2009 at 16:15
  • @mmyers: I meant Generalist (the unimplemented badge), not Populist. @random: I don't think that having lesser versions of a badge detracts from its mystique. Is Great Question (93 on SO) lessened by the existence of Good Question (1098)?
    – SLaks
    Oct 30, 2009 at 17:41
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    Nice/Good/Great Question/Answer badges are your building blocks. Reversal is your personal learjet. It's special by definition.
    – random
    Oct 31, 2009 at 0:49

Well the obvious criteria are +10 votes on an answer to a -3 question, though I'm not 100% sure about the number of down-votes on the question.

I think it needs to be at least -3 for the badge to mean something.

  • I would say at least -4, but I'm not sure.
    – SLaks
    Oct 30, 2009 at 13:49

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