Neither at stackoverflow.com nor at serverfault.com nobody has ever earned the Generalist badge.

How many different tags do I have to be active in to earn the Generalist badge?


now implemented! see description for how it works.

Provided non-wiki answers of 15 total score in 20 of top 40 tags.

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    What does "15 total score" mean? 15 upvotes? 15 reputation points? – Pekka May 23 '10 at 9:04
  • ::snort:: I note that everyone who got it in the initial awarding pass has at least 10k rep...well one exception on SU with 7k. – dmckee --- ex-moderator kitten May 23 '10 at 9:39
  • Yayyyy! got the Generalist badge! – YOU May 23 '10 at 9:43
  • @Questions, score generally means upvotes - downvotes, I think. – YOU May 23 '10 at 9:47
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    <me> off to answer a bunch of beginner, subjective questions about best-practices ... :) – waffles May 23 '10 at 9:50
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    Yeah, and I suddenly remembered that I have a lot of wisdom to dispense in the .NET tag. I mean, I spent an entire afternoon trying to install the .NET runtime once, that has to count for something, right? – Pekka May 23 '10 at 10:46

I think that badge might need to be promoted to gold, or its threshold lowered. If it goes gold, then a silver badge could be created with a lower threshold and called something like "Versatile".

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I think an issue with implementing the generalist badge is determining what is general. The simple idea of earning it for earning the tag badge in multiple badges I think has a flaw because so many of the badges are related. If you earn the c# badge, it doesn't really make you a generalist to earn the .net badge. I would argue it wouldn't even be much of a generalist if you also earned the VB badge, there's just so much overlap. I really like the concept, but I'm really not sure how it could be quantified.

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It think it should be possible to cluster the tags so that concepts such as .NET and the CLR various languages etc end up together. I could see similar clusters appearing for databases, algorithms and other languages. The badge could then be implemented by saying something like 'you must answer 5 questions with at least 5 upvotes from 3 or more subject areas'.

How does the tag cloud currently work? Does it look at groups of tags?

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    Hard to maintain, though - since tags are user-generated. – Marc Gravell Aug 31 '09 at 11:42

Perhaps it could be awarded if you get two of the "tag" badges? (The "Earned 400 upvotes for answers in the .net tag" ones)

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    The problem with that specific scenario is that there is a lot of crossover in .NET; for example, anyone with C# pretty much has .NET; likewise, Jon was very amused when he got his VB silver... as someone who occasionally prods VB with a long barge pole called Reflector ;-p – Marc Gravell Jun 29 '09 at 9:54

Please see my suggested implementation for Generalist for an initiative to get this in place.

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I do like the site that tells you your progress towards generalist on any of the stackexchange sites (even if it does have a bug in not counting tags that you have scored exactly 15 on as counting towards generalist).


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