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We should have an explicit feature for recognizing/rewarding/glorifying answers that save peoples' lives.

The OP of this question over at Great Outdoors commented in the accepted answer several years later stating that the advice given in the answer literally saved their life. Aside from feeling that the question and answer are criminally under-voted, I also feel that there should be some kind of extra-special reward for this kind of answer - some kind of "Medal of Honor" or other commendation bestowed only for these kind of stories. Perhaps a way to report it to the Stack Overflow Blog so that it can be written about in a news story for all to see.

While this sort of answer is more likely on a site like Great Outdoors than on Stack Overflow, I still think it applies to all of Stack Exchange. In a more general sense, life-saving stories like this are the ultimate example of Stack Exchange's mission statement of helping people. I can think of no greater type of success story, and so I believe the reward should be proportionately exceptional.

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    Blog Overflow was originally designed for similar things, but unfortunately, nobody used it and it was eventually deprecated. – Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog Aug 5 at 17:15
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    If someone has sufficient rep on the site in question, they can always award a bounty (and comment why they've done so). – Jeff Zeitlin Aug 5 at 17:19
  • @Glorfindel I don't think that question is very similar. My request is not related to being "well-referenced" or otherwise high-quality, but rather, "life-saving (literally, in real life)". Totally different. – Southpaw Hare Aug 5 at 17:30
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    Sorry, I meant to link to Special acknowledgement and collection of extraordinary answers. The answer you mentioned was very helpful, but we do not know what would've happened if the OP hadn't read the answer. Life-saving is a rather exorbitant claim for an internet post. – Glorfindel Aug 5 at 17:37
  • And you couldn't help it that your post was migrated from MSO. Thank you for cleaning it up yourself. – Glorfindel Aug 5 at 17:45
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    @Glorfindel I understand and accept how voting works here on Meta. Thanks for explaining it anyway, though. – Southpaw Hare Aug 5 at 17:46
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    I've upvoted not because I agree that there should be a special reward but because I agree with the sentiment behind your request. I think the greatest reward is actually knowing that an answer posted on the Internet helped save someone's life. What could possibly surpass that? A badge and imaginary points would succeed in only trivialising it. I think the greatest service is sharing this piece of news and reminding each and everyone of us that we can have a positive affect on people's lives. – Mari-Lou A Aug 5 at 19:34
  • How can we verify that it truly saved someone's life? This seems too easy to fake. – curiousdannii Aug 5 at 22:45
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How could it be verified that the post had actually saved a life? There really is no system in place to verify anything that has happened outside Stack Exchange, much less something that has happened offline.

If one could receive the ultimate badge, a "Medal of Honor", for a post that saved someone's life, it would certainly create a lot of problems with dishonest people faking posts/comments about their own answer saving someone's life. The biggest problem with this imo is that since it is so extremely rare that a post actually saved someones life, most of the holders of this badge would've probably faked it.

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    There is "Hall of Fame" in the security area of se.com. Maybe something similar can be done for proved cases of life saving answers. – Shadow The Dragon Wizard Aug 7 at 6:58
  • @ShaWiz Check my last sentence, just edited that in. – ruohola Aug 7 at 6:59
  • The security Hall of Fame is itself pretty "rare" in that there's only a couple dozen entries total. That doesn't mean that any portion of them are faked, nor does it reduce its value. – Southpaw Hare Aug 7 at 14:58
  • @SouthpawHare Completely different thing. How could someone fake that they have found a security vulnerability? – ruohola Aug 7 at 15:01

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