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The logic of these two badges, Steward and Marshal, are similar:

  1. Complete at least 1,000 review tasks. This badge is awarded multiple times per review type (Steward).
  2. Raise 500 helpful flags (Marshal).

But Steward can be awarded for every additional 1000 reviews, whereas Marshal cannot be awarded multiple times. I propose that be changed: Allow us to earn Marshal for every additional 500 helpful flags.

Marshal is a badge that rewards an activity that is actually helpful to the site - helpful flagging. It's relatively hard to earn and can't be earned like Citizen Patrol - they have to be helpful, and it'd be especially nice for those of us who participate in Charcoal ;) Thoughts?

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    Woah. That would be 49 more gold badges for me on SO. I think that's way too much!
    – honk
    Jan 30, 2021 at 19:37
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    @honk Everything is multiplied by eleventy billion on Stack Overflow. Maybe every additional 1000 flags, then ;)
    – Ollie
    Jan 30, 2021 at 19:38
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    That would still mean > +130 flags for some people as there are people with > 130,000 helpful flags on Stack Overfow. Jan 31, 2021 at 8:47
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    There are people around 80-100k reviews on SO in a single queue. Someone got 195 Steward badges with the recent roll out. We have a Scrooge McDuck situation already with all these golds. :D Feb 1, 2021 at 11:51
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    How bout Prestige mode? After earning the first one for 500 flags, the next takes 600, then 750, then 1000, then....? Feb 1, 2021 at 18:42
  • @CanadianLuke then it'd be too easy to get, especially for SO and Charcoal users. I'd also like it to be consistent with the Steward badge.
    – Ollie
    Feb 1, 2021 at 18:43
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    @Ollie I don’t see how increasing the threshold for the next badge makes it too easy to get. Is it 500 flags in total for the first badge, then 600 flags in total for the next badge, or is it 500 flags for the first badge, then 600 additional flags for the next badge? Feb 2, 2021 at 2:04
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    @CanadianLuke Prestige mode sounds like a good idea, although maybe they should rise by 100 each time: first: 500, second requires 600 additional flags, third 700 etc.
    – Ollie
    Mar 24, 2021 at 19:39
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    This looks like a stellar way to incentivise people on smaller stacks to keep the comment section clean and tidy. Mar 30, 2021 at 13:04
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    I see the points y'all have made about too many badges on SO. I've spent more time in SOBotics and Charcoal lately and have accumulated quite a few helpful flags in the past few weeks. I still want this to be implemented, but maybe it could be different on SO, e.g. 1000 extra helpful flags like I said.
    – Ollie
    Nov 20, 2021 at 19:27

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