In this thread, there is some discussion about added incentive for editing. And there I talk a little about adding more badges for editing related activities.

Currently we have

  • Cleanup - First rollback (Bronze)
  • Editor - First edit (Bronze)
  • Organizer - First retag (Bronze)
  • Strunk & White - 100 Edits (Silver)

I think there is a place for a few new editing badges maybe thinks like 100 retags and rollbacks and a gold badge for editing.

What do you think?

  • Look at the related questions...? -->
    – Jon Seigel
    Jun 1, 2010 at 21:09
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    I swear is searched for similar questions. GRRR Jun 1, 2010 at 21:10
  • I demand a badge for hand retagging 500 questions! @Jon would also I bet lol
    – Earlz
    Jun 1, 2010 at 21:48
  • @Earlz: My edit count might be integer-overflowing soon, just like Jon Skeet's rep.
    – Jon Seigel
    Jun 1, 2010 at 21:51
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    @Mark: He asked that question.
    – mmyers
    Jun 1, 2010 at 22:23

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I don't think we should be encouraging more rollbacks: it's quite rare that they are necessary and it would just result in people rolling back good edits to get the badges.

Regarding the editing, often there is a rush to edit the formatting of questions within the first few minutes, oftern resulting in multiple people overwriting each other's changes. I'd rather encourage people to make more careful and thoughtful edits later than get even more people rushing at the start to fix formatting.

Can we find a different way to reward editing apart from edit as much as you can? Something that rewards the quality of the editing, not just the quantity. Tricky though...

  • Perhaps a badge for X times editing a post and changing 5-15% of the content. (or some other % number). That would try to target people cleaning up posts which would result in a small % number change. Jun 1, 2010 at 23:53

This was solved on 2010-07-09 by introducing the Copy editor gold badge, awarded after 600 edits.

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