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With the new style that was added to certain badges (to make them stand out compared to a normal badge).

I think we need to call these badges platinum (<apple-marketing> Read that word again. Amazing. Say that word. This will change your life. Say it again. Now tell me you don't love this idea </apple-marketing>)

I'm not sure you even have to put this new badge in the title (user) bar, but they should at least be called platinum badges.

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    You're a couple of hours late for a Friday-afternoon question, by my watch.
    – mmyers
    Jul 10, 2010 at 6:56
  • @mmyers: Yeah but the thing is I'm serious. I know it's sad to see a user with 6K rep on the mother-site asking for such a newbie thing. :(
    – Kredns
    Jul 10, 2010 at 6:57
  • Oh. In that case, I'll refer you to meta.stackexchange.com/questions/1600/platinum-badges (which I just snagged from the related list). If that's not relevant, then that probably means it's time for me to get some sleep.
    – mmyers
    Jul 10, 2010 at 6:59
  • @mmyers: I saw that too and was hoping the powers that be hadn't already status-declined it. Luckily it is totally irrelevant.
    – Kredns
    Jul 10, 2010 at 7:09
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    "I don't love this idea" (Apple marketing doesn't work well on me) Jul 12, 2010 at 21:23
  • possible duplicate of How do "badges" work?
    – yoozer8
    Nov 15, 2012 at 14:25
  • No, Apple marketing will not change my life, and I loathe the idea. I wish I could downvote this question more than once.
    – user164207
    Nov 15, 2012 at 15:01
  • @mmyers that one is asking for a new level of badge, above gold; this one is asking for the term "platinum badges" to be applied to what we're currently calling "tag badges"
    – Pops
    Nov 16, 2012 at 15:05

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a: that style is for tag badges; so if you need a name, "tag badges" seems to suffice

b: they already come in different levels, for example silver and gold - platinum would presumably be a new level - and no new level has been introduced

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    Yeah, it doesn't make sense to call them "platinum badges" when the little dot to the left is going to be silver or gold. I'm not sure why anyone thinks the site needs platinum badges - some of the gold ones are hard enough to get as it is.
    – Andy E
    Jul 10, 2010 at 9:15
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On my PS3, you get a Platinum trophy for getting every other trophy. The number of Platinum trophies therefore say "this player has pwned # games". A Platinum badge on SO would presumably mean that they have got all other (non-tag) badges, possibly excluding the Precog and Beta.

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    Which of course is not possible... :)
    – Mysticial
    Nov 15, 2012 at 12:46
  • @Mysticial - Excluding precognitive it would be theoretically possible wouldn't it? (albeit extremely unlikely) Nov 15, 2012 at 12:48
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    @MartinSmith It becomes a slippery slope. As there are two badges (Tenacious and Unsung Hero) that are practically impossible for many users to get. And for that matter, Tumbleweed is also almost impossible for most of the high-profile users.
    – Mysticial
    Nov 15, 2012 at 12:50
  • Agree in practice I'd be surprised if it happened. And beta would rule out a whole swathe of people too. Nov 15, 2012 at 12:52
  • @Mysticial over 11K with Tenacious and over 3K users with Unsung Hero badge.. that's hardly "impossible". Same for Tumbleweed - just post a lame question on purpose and let it get buried, can't be easier than that. More rep does not mean more views, unless you are Jon Skeet. Only the Beta and Precognitive badges are indeed impossible for mature sites, other than that there's no reason why user can't get all badges. Nov 15, 2012 at 13:57
  • +1 from me, if such a thing will ever be introduced then the criteria to have all other badges (or at least all gold non tag badges) is just fine. Nov 15, 2012 at 14:00
  • @ShaWizDowArd While there may be 3K users that have them, there are many times more than that who have far too many upvoted accepted answers. Are you really trying to encourage people to intentionally post bad answers that don't get votes?
    – Mysticial
    Nov 15, 2012 at 16:58
  • @Mysticial I agree it's too late for existing users, but it's not too late for new users. As for "encourage people to intentionally post bad answers that don't get votes" no, not at all. But even good answers on unpopular tags on questions having low views won't get upvotes for long time, if at all. Nov 15, 2012 at 19:46

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