Should a badge be awarded for adding images to a question or answer, like there are for using other aspects of a Stack Exchange web site such as editing a post?

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  • I would upvote for presentation; however, I don't think a badge should be awarded for images. Creative use, presentation, etc. are rewarded by upvotes, IMO.
    – IAbstract
    Commented Jan 8, 2011 at 16:45
  • Sounds great for me Commented Jan 8, 2011 at 20:08
  • @Michael: I don't understand the punchline of your link. Commented Jan 8, 2011 at 21:40
  • I almost always include an image in my meta posts; so.mrozekma.com is the domain the images are hosted on Commented Jan 8, 2011 at 22:59

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If ever implemented, then instead of awarding it for the image, please award it when the user sets a custom alt text.

(He, that's your feature request too! Maybe the encouragement for setting the alt text could be a badge then?)


Aw Hell Naw - Obama

Seriously though: Using a badge to make people aware of the feature is a honourable idea at first, but the image feature is not essential for providing good content. Many SO users get by without ever using an image, and there are many ways of harming the site through images. Therefore, I think this is not a feature that should be explicitly pointed out.

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    (@Andrew, now I'm wondering what a screen reader makes out of that alt text!)
    – Arjan
    Commented Jan 8, 2011 at 13:07


If you award badges for images, they are awarded for good and bad images.

If you have an answer with a good (appropriate) image it will be awarded with upvotes.

Besides if you start awarding images, why not awarding links, or pieces of code. Its all part of the content and the content is responsible for the up and downvotes.

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    I wish there was a badge for highlighting pieces of code. Besides, couldn't the same logic be applied for the "Editor" badge (there's good and bad edits)? Commented Jan 8, 2011 at 12:37
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    @Andrew but an edit is supposed to be an improvement. A series of harmful edits will have consequences for the user. A series of useless images can't be "prosecuted" in the same way
    – Pekka
    Commented Jan 8, 2011 at 12:58

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