We are looking at possibly adding 4 bronze single award badges for bounty related activity:

  1. First bounty created
  2. First bounty accepted (not by the system)
  3. First bounty created on another person's question
  4. First bounty accepted on another person's question (not by the system)

Of course if we described the bounties like this on the web site I would have to answer to a meta lynch mob.

So I ask you, meta, what would you name and describe these 4 badges?

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    Out of curiosity, would these be awarded retroactively? – squillman Jul 7 '10 at 0:38
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    of course we always award new badges retroactively – waffles Jul 7 '10 at 0:41
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    Cool, didn't realize that was the case. – squillman Jul 7 '10 at 0:45
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    Just to clarify: are badges #2 and #4 for a bounty-giver accepting an answer for the bounty, or for an answerer having their answer accepted for the bounty? – gnostradamus Jul 7 '10 at 1:25
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    @gnovice its for the giver not the person who answered, the person answering already got a big rep bump for the answer – waffles Jul 7 '10 at 1:52
  • Greedo and Boba Fett were suggested as bounty-related names at meta.stackexchange.com/questions/1182/bounty-hunter-badges and Bounty Hunter at meta.stackexchange.com/questions/102/additional-badge-ideas/… – Andrew Grimm Jul 7 '10 at 3:11
  • Why do you think you need to encourage bounties? – nb69307 Jul 7 '10 at 11:49
  • @Neil for one only 7 or so people have the altruist badge. It's mainly about encouraging people to close the loop. Keep in mind it's only a bronze once off badge – waffles Jul 7 '10 at 13:04
  • I find the bar for these badges is too low. Too easy to achieve. – Pekka Jul 7 '10 at 17:03
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    @Pekka: I guess that's why they are all bronze one-offs. I see them as little pieces of candy that help introduce people to the features of the site, just like some of the other bronze badges (Supporter, Editor, Organizer, etc.). – gnostradamus Jul 7 '10 at 17:16
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    I've fixed the missing punctuation in the badge descriptions -- this fix should be propagated to the descriptions in the DB as well. – Ether Jul 12 '10 at 3:47

12 Answers 12


EDIT: Updated now that I understand #2 and #4 better. ;)

  1. Promoter - First bounty you offered on your own question
  2. Benefactor - First bounty you manually awarded on your own question
  3. Investor - First bounty you offered on another user's question
  4. Altruist - First bounty you manually awarded on another user's question
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    Altruist is awesome ! I like all 4 – waffles Jul 7 '10 at 1:58
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    I think I like this list better than mine, now that I've thought about it a bit. – Jeff Atwood Jul 7 '10 at 6:08
  • These are great badge names, but not for this small an achievement. These would be fitting names for a silver or gold variant. For the bronze version, I find @Lance's suggestions the most fitting. – Pekka Jul 7 '10 at 17:43
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    I dunno, with easy bronzes that have names like "Citizen Patrol", "Editor", and "Scholar", these don't sound that big. – Grace Note Jul 7 '10 at 17:48
  • I like your descriptions the best. – Lance Roberts Jul 7 '10 at 18:08
  • @Grace true, but that kind of closes the door for silver and bronze variations, doesn't it? – Pekka Jul 7 '10 at 20:41
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    @pekka it is unlikely we will have silver or golds here -- the real reward for a bounty is getting an answer / reputation bonus. The bronze is the important part, to teach people how to use the system. – Jeff Atwood Jul 7 '10 at 21:49
  • @Jeff yup, I can see that, and I agree there is no real need for silver and gold badges in the bounty department at this time. But you never know what role bounties will play in the future, say in 5 or 10 years' time. Badges are going to be awfully hard to rename once awarded, and these suggestions are brilliant for "advanced" levels if spending huge amounts of rep on bounties should become an actively encouraged behaviour (because people spend it on updating old answers in reference questions or whatever). But that is speculation, of course. – Pekka Jul 7 '10 at 22:02
  • And the winner is gnovice, thanks so much! – waffles Jul 8 '10 at 2:19
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    My only slight concern is the tense used in the description string, do you think it meshes with the rest of the descriptions? We do not your the words you/your in any of the other badge descriptions – waffles Jul 8 '10 at 2:27
  • @waffles: I suppose the "you" after the bounty could be removed to fit with the format of the other badge descriptions. The phrase "your own question" should be fine, since it's used for the Self-Learner badge description. – gnostradamus Jul 8 '10 at 3:18
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    I would change "person's" to "user's", for consistency -- we don't normally refer to users as people in other areas of the site. – Ether Jul 12 '10 at 3:48
  • @Ether: Changing it to "user's" make sense, since that is used for a few other badge descriptions. I'll update my answer, but I'm not sure if that will be enough to get the attention of those in charge of any changes. – gnostradamus Jul 12 '10 at 18:28
  1. Hopeful - First bounty created on your own question
  2. Satisfied - First bounty accepted on your own question (not by the system)
  3. Curious - First bounty created on another person's question
  4. Rewarder - First bounty accepted on another person's question (not by the system)
  • I actually like the antonym hopeful for the first bounty, we want all badges to have a positive ring – waffles Jul 7 '10 at 1:49
  • @waffles, I like that, edited in. – Lance Roberts Jul 7 '10 at 2:40
  • I think these are perfect for bronze. – Pekka Jul 7 '10 at 20:41
  1. Bountiful - First bounty created on your own question
  2. Generous - First bounty accepted on your own question (not by the system)
  3. Samaritan - First bounty created on another person's question
  4. Benefactor - First bounty accepted on another person's question (not by the system)
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    The term "Samaritan" is widely mis-used. The Good Samaritan was a famous parable because the Jews were the Samaritans sworn enemy. So calling someone a Samaritan is actually an insult, unless it's a "Good Samaritan" in which case it's... a bit less of an insult – Mark Henderson Jul 7 '10 at 4:52
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    I hesitate to even say this, but... your logic suggests that the names of all of the peoples who have ever been enemies of Jews are insulting terms. That's a hell of a lot of peoples. If anything, calling someone a Samaritan has essentially no meaning now, while calling them a "Good Samaritan" now is more insulting, because it implies that person, while nice and all, comes from people who are inherently not good. – Matt Parker Jul 7 '10 at 17:14
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    What gives you the idea that calling somebody a "Samaritan" an is insult? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Good_Samaritan as far as I can see, the suggestion is off the mark because being a Samaritan doesn't automatically mean you are a good person, it's just the name of a people, but that doesn't make the word an insult in itself. – Pekka Jul 7 '10 at 17:54
  1. Hard-up (but hopeful!)
  2. Commissioned
  3. Beat Me To It
  4. Works For Me
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    Love suggestion for #3. – Grace Note Jul 7 '10 at 1:03
  • Edited based on @waffles comment! – squillman Jul 7 '10 at 1:57
  1. Rich
  2. Collector
  3. Sponsor
  4. Patron

Famous bounty hunters:

  1. Hutt - He created bounties!
  2. Jango Fett - He captured the bad guys and collected bounties.
  3. I, err.. Hmm....
  4. Boba Fett - He inherited his father's role, correct?
  1. Desperate :-)
  1. Advertiser - First bounty created on your own question
  2. Employer - First bounty accepted on your own question (not by the system)
  3. Venture Capitalist - First bounty created on another person's question
  4. Philanthropist - First bounty accepted on another person's question (not by the system)

(I liked some of the others already on this page, but I've tried to make unique ones to add to the pool)


I like some of each, so I created my own

  1. Promoter - from gnovice
  2. Benefactor - from gnovice
  3. Sponsor - from ChrisW (or: Advocate)
  4. Patron - from ChrisW (or: Largess)

I'd go for Pirate related names:

  1. Cabin Boy
  2. First Mate
  3. Navigator
  4. Captain
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    For a Mutiny on the Bounty theme? – mmyers Jul 9 '10 at 16:03

My contribution:

  1. Leap of faith (You are trusting the community with your rep)
  2. Worth It (The answer is worth the cash)
  3. Investor (Investing in someone else's question)
  4. Return on Investment (Your investment paid off)

I think that these would be good:

  1. Sponsor
  2. Thankful
  3. Advocate
  4. Pleased

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