Following on from The Electorate badge discourages voting on answers I'd like to make the case that the fears expressed in this question are valid and therefore the badge should be modified.
I hate to admit it but I am myself the perfect example of how this badge negatively influences voting behaviour.
I'm a sucker for 'achievements' and hence the badges that SO offers. I thought I'd tackle some of the easy to achieve ones so set about voting. You have no way of tracking your progress on any of the badges and therefore in this case there is an incentive to actively not vote on answers at all or at least very rarely. This problem is amplified further for users who have been on SO for a long time and have already built up a large answer-vote count and therefore need to vote only on questions for a long time if they want the badge.
Suggestions of changes to mitigate this:
- The suggestion in the accepted answer of the linked question seems much more balanced
- Being able to access progress information or stats regarding the question/answer vote ratio could prevent serious deviation from not voting for answers.