Should there be a silver version of the Populist badge?
I was thinking 10 upvotes for you; 5 for the accepted.
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I realize that this is somewhat tangentially related, but I've never liked requiring the accepted answer to have at least 10 upvotes. It would make much more sense to require that your answer have at least 20 upvotes. As it currently exists, you could have a question where the accepted answer has 7 upvotes and your answer has 90 upvotes and you won't get the badge. But another question where the accepted answer has 11 upvotes rewards an answer with, say 23 upvotes with a Populist badge.
Granted, I don't actually have any Populist badges (I should, but that's another topic), but I believe that my above assessment is an accurate reflection of the behavior of the badge.
To tie this back to the original subject, I think that you could get bronze and silver badges by lowering the required score that your answer has to have in order to be awarded the badge.
I was actually thinking this very thing earlier today and never got around to posting it. I see no problem with this honestly. Maybe you could have three levels.
Bronze - Your answer gets 2x the amount of the accepted answer (no minimum)
Silver - Your answer gets 2x the amount of the accepted answer (accepted answer minimum of +5)
Gold - Your answer gets 2x the amount of the accepted answer (accepted answer minimum of 10) <-- Current Method