Right now, there's a silver badge for "Generalist" (Provided non-wiki answers of 15 total score in 20 of top 40 tags)... I'd propose a new "Specialist" badge with the meaning:

Reputation of at least 10,000 and more than 75% of reputation from a single tag

It would likely be a gold badge since the rep count required is quite high (but there could be a silver equivalent)...

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    Are you aware of the tag badges? They serve a similar purpose. – Pops Aug 18 '10 at 18:45
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    @Popular They serve such a similar purpose that they're also referred to as specialist badges. – Grace Note Aug 18 '10 at 18:47

Badges are meant to encourage positive behaviour.

We already have tag-based badges which reward you for work in any particular tag.

What is the benefit of encouraging users to work only in that tag?

  • A lot of people do that anyway.... – skaffman Aug 18 '10 at 18:46
  • @skaffman At which point we would be encouraging them to... stay the course? – devinb Aug 18 '10 at 18:48
  • Fair enough... Good points. – ircmaxell Aug 18 '10 at 18:58
  • The OP might have intended it as a sort of "consolation" badge, much like the Tenacious and Unsung Hero badges (which I always thought were a bad idea). – Ether Aug 18 '10 at 19:01
  • @Ether Any badge with the "%" in the criteria will suffer from largely the same issues. – devinb Aug 18 '10 at 19:17
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    I only see three sentences. Where is the rest of your answer? :P – user27414 Aug 18 '10 at 19:43
  • @Jon I'm branching out. – devinb Aug 18 '10 at 19:46
  • @JonB Guess devin's not cut out to be El Duderino. – Grace Note Aug 18 '10 at 20:05
  • @Grace, yeah, he appears to be getting into that whole "brevity" thing. :) – user27414 Aug 18 '10 at 20:16

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