If you go to List of all badges with full descriptions you can get the full badge descriptions, I see that. When you push badges on the top banner next to SO or meta or whatever, you get the full list of current badges with checkmark notification if you have earned that badge and a very short description. If you click on the name for one of the badges, that brings you to a page with who has recently earned that badge and the same very short description of the badge. For many badges, this description is incomplete and sometimes confusing. Can we put a more verbose description of how the badge is achieved or at least a link to a page like the above link where there is a more detailed description with the caveats for each badge.
Some of the badges are supposed to be surprises, not World of Warcraft style level grinds based on numbers.
I worry that if we provide too many metrics:
- it becomes noise, like a bunch of inscrutable F-16 cockpit gauges -- how are all these numbers useful except for these specific badges?
- the badge becomes the explicit goal instead of the desired behavior
- the badges are no longer a pleasant surprise and reward but an expected "level up""