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This badge would be optionaly awarded to one user annually (or monthly, or other period). The recipient would be chosen by Jon Skeet and perhaps a committee of moderators appointed by Jon Skeet to a user who has greatly contributed to Stack Overflow and the greater programming community. In addition to the badge, the recipient is awarded either: (A) A small portion of Jon Skeet's rep, (B) the amount of additional rep Jon Skeet would have accumulated since the last prize was awarded if there was no daily rep cap, or (C) a combination of A and B.

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    Am I the only one who finds this hero worship embarrassing? Sep 21, 2010 at 3:35
  • This is a suggestion. I don't see why it's getting close votes. Sep 21, 2010 at 3:47
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    @Michael No, you are not. Sep 21, 2010 at 4:20
  • "the amount of additional rep Jon Skeet would have accumulated since the last prize was awarded if there was no daily rep cap" That's like over 400 points a day Sep 21, 2010 at 4:40
  • If it were like 300 points per day then there should be a maximum that could be awarded.
    – YWE
    Sep 21, 2010 at 4:46
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    @NullUserException: I've just looked at the rep report - 38383 capped votes, over 725 days. So just under 530 per day, on average.
    – Jon Skeet
    Sep 21, 2010 at 6:24
  • @Jon I figured it would be in the ballpark. You'd probably cap daily even if you didn't post anything, wouldn't you? Sep 21, 2010 at 14:02
  • @NullUserException: During the week, yes. Less likely at weekends. As I tweeted recently, if 0.2% of my answers are upvoted in a given day, that hits the rep cap. Gotta love the long tail. Obviously the longer I didn't post for, the less likely it would be - recent posts are much more likely to receive votes.
    – Jon Skeet
    Sep 21, 2010 at 14:16
  • @Michael, I'm not saying this is the same, but this type of thing is not unprecedented - sports are full of them. Naismith, Heisman, Cy Young, etc. Of course in those cases the name is an honor only, the award is not picked by the namesake.
    – Nicole
    Apr 14, 2011 at 20:53

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I don't think there's any need to single me out around this. The SO leagues have made it very clear that there are plenty of other users getting roughly the same rep as me per month. Nick Craver's been consistently beating my rep for the last couple of months, although he's currently being distracted by silly things like getting married and moving house.

I've just been consistently "around the top" for a long time.

Having an occasional discretionary award (a bounty for the system that Jeff could award for particularly amazing answers) is fine, but I don't think it needs to be associated with me. (Don't forget that users who don't read the tags I'm active in may not have even heard of me...)

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    +1 for silly things! (I'm constantly distracted since the birth of my daughter...)
    – Treb
    Sep 21, 2010 at 7:22
  • +1 For a long long time I was like, who is Jon Skeet and why is everybody talking about him.
    – googletorp
    Sep 21, 2010 at 7:35
  • Just asking, is there such thing as jonskeet Apr 3, 2015 at 0:19
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The idea is interesting, but if the stakes are high (badge + rep percentage), a subjective decision by a committee is likely to be controversial.

I don't have a better idea though.

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