Does anyone else feel that the Civic Duty badge just gives noobs an excuse to upvote like hell. I know I did it just to get my first silver badge and it didn't take surprisingly long.
I was upvoting anything I considered to be good before I knew about the Civic Duty badge. I think the ease of upvoting encourages upvoting more than the badge. And I think it's a good thing.
Upvote? Yeah, that's one option...
Point is, it encourages folks to vote. And voting is essential to the operation of SO.
Also there is a daily upvote limitation (I suppose the limit is 30 upvote per day), this prevents the misusage of the voting system I think.
I have never purposely done anything to get a badge, other than post good answers.
It took me months to get it, I was aware it was there but never really tried for it. It's a badge that comes natually with use of the site.
I suppose it could but with the upvote limit per day, and with the hope that they will at least upvote good answers, not just the random ones, it might be a good thing.
Plus after they get their Civic Duty badge, they might be more prone to upvoting good answers compared to others users...