I have seen users page it is ordered by Top reputated users...

  • Is there anything like MVP for Stackoverflow?

  • If so what is it?


  • A Diamond Badge for MVP would be my suggestion..
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    You sure like writing in *bullet points.
    – random
    Jan 28, 2010 at 13:37
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    @random learnt from asking question in stack overflow.. All my - votes started to become + once i learnt to use bullets...
    – ACP
    Jan 28, 2010 at 13:39
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    Meta doesn't work like SO
    – juan
    Jan 28, 2010 at 13:42
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    @Jaun Manuel Too true. The interface looks the same, but that's just to confuse the new comers.
    – C. Ross
    Jan 28, 2010 at 13:49
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    Damn, I just left an answer using bullets in meta. Jan 28, 2010 at 13:57
  • Diamond is one of the hardest metals (if not THE hardest metal) known the man. Definitely harder than whatever they're making badges out of these days.
    – Welbog
    Jan 28, 2010 at 14:16
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    Diamond is a metal? Funny, I just thought someone it was a crystalline lattice of carbon atoms.
    – C. Ross
    Jan 28, 2010 at 14:47
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    what do you mean by "MVP"? Do you mean Microsoft MVP? Jan 28, 2010 at 15:01
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    @C. Ross: in astronomy "metal" refers to any element other than hydrogen or helium. Perhaps Jean Luc Picard speaks like an astronomer? See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metal#Astronomy Jan 28, 2010 at 17:01
  • @Jean Luc Picard: are you an astronomer? Jan 28, 2010 at 17:02
  • @Peter Mortensen: No actually I'm an archaeologist. And a starship captain. But mostly an archaeologist.
    – Welbog
    Jan 28, 2010 at 17:09
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    @Peter Mortensen We're not astronomers here, we're programmers. Which means we use the definitions of the domain. ... What domain is applicable here?
    – C. Ross
    Jan 28, 2010 at 19:20

3 Answers 3


On SO|SF|SU there are three ways of recognizing users (borrowing your bullets).

  • Reputation, which is pointed out on the users page
    • This is already an indicator of who is the Most Valuable Programmer
    • (we call him Jon Skeet, though Marc Gravell is in pursuit)
  • Badges, which reward special actions, like actually voting on things, and is seen on the aptly named badges page.
  • Moderators, users who have pretty much full control on the site.
    • We elect those to help run the site.
    • These are the users who have the diamond after their name, Like Marc Gravell or Diago.

What more do we need?

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    we need more bullet points.
    – marcgg
    Jan 28, 2010 at 14:03
  • I actually think some sort of flair for topic-badges might be worthwhile. I'll have to ponder it...
    – Tom Ritter
    Jan 28, 2010 at 15:53
  • I think some form of flair for bullet abuse might be worthwhile. :)
    – John Rudy
    Jan 28, 2010 at 16:10

Exactly how would this work? What would such an MVP have to do and what does he or she have to offer SO that is not already there?

Between badges, reputation and chasing Jon Skeet, I think there is more then enough rewards on SO already. I am not entirely sure what an SO MVP badge or even an SO MVP will bring to the table?

  • @diago is there a diamond badge in pipeline... Will it ever come..
    – ACP
    Jan 28, 2010 at 13:58

It wouldn't be a diamond badge because the diamond (♦) is already used to denote the few official moderators appointed by the system.

But, since 10K is the highest level you can earn on the system, it might be a nice convention to have their flair indicate that plateau.

I'm not suggesting adding special abilities, MVP, a new badge, nor anything like that. Maybe just an unobtrusive indicator like a small text ("10K") placed after the username.

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    But I can tell you have 10K by glancing 15 pixels lower...
    – Tom Ritter
    Jan 28, 2010 at 15:53
  • True. The 10K is just a "symbol" ; a bit of accolade to recognize that a user has surpassed the milestone of full reputation abilities. I considered using another symbol not-like a diamond but I thought a little "10K" moniker was more recognizable. Just a suggestion. Jan 28, 2010 at 16:39
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    People with 10k rep should have cornified flair.
    – Ether
    Jan 28, 2010 at 16:47

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