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Questions tagged [badges]

Awarded to encourage and incentivize positive community actions within the site.

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What are the badges I can earn on each site, and what are the exact criteria for earning each badge?

Formerly List of all badges with full descriptions. What are badge name's requirements? Why didn't I get badge name (right now)? Which badges can I earn multiple times? Jump to: Question ...
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New three-tiered badge idea: Explainer →Refiner → Illuminator

The difference between a poor or meh question and a stellar question can often simply be someone understanding it and providing it a great answer. I can't begin to count the number of times I've ...
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Badge progress reports

Is there a way to view your own progress towards certain badges? For example: Tumbleweed - What value constitutes low views for a week? Fanatic – Is there a way to view how many days in a row you ...
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What are tag badges? How do they work? [duplicate]

My question is specifically for badges in a particular tag. I've heard that the rules have been changed. How and when can one get bronze, silver and gold badges for a specific tag, say stackexchange? ...
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Gold Sportsmanship badge

I propose a new Gold level Sportsmanship badge. I earned the silver badge June 4th, and I continue to vote for competing answers. I would like to feel that I am working toward something, not because ...
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Badge suggestion: Unsung Hero (5 accepted answers with no votes)

This badge, which I'd nominate as a silver, would be awarded for every 5 accepted answers a user has with no votes. There should probably be a 24-hour window after acceptance before this badge is ...
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“Autobiographer” Badge now only requires sharing what YOU want with the community

As of today, "Autobiographer" will be awarded to anyone fills out the free-form "About Me" field on their profile. We will be awarding it retroactively, so you don't need to do anything if you ...
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The generalist badge should be gold

I think it's too difficult to get compared to other silver badges; it should be gold instead. Edit: it's been almost a year now. Some people expressed concern that so few people have gotten it simply ...
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Bounty Hunter badges

I suggest two new badges: Greedo - first bounty earned (bronze) Boba Fett - earned 2000 rep through bounty (silver) Imported from Uservoice ticket, "Bounty hunter badges", originally posted by Jon ...
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Asking days badges

A couple of months ago, I suggested a set of badges for asking questions. The responses were... mixed. The top answer can be summarized: In practice, all this would do is encourage people to ask ...
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The problem with extrinsic motivation

TL;DR: Stack Exchange favors standard, fast, and complete answers at the expense of novel, creative, and excellent answers. This bias results directly from reputation ratings, badges and other ...
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Add badges to Markdown?

I always found it odd that although I could compose questions and answers with tags in markdown, I can't do the same for a Great Question, Great Answer, or any other badge. I assume that this is ...
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What is the purpose of the tumbleweed badge?

What is the purpose of the tumbleweed badge? Why is asking questions no one answers or looks at a desirable accomplishment?
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Find out which question/answer awarded you the badge

With the addition of Recent Activity a while back it became much easier to know what's going on. However, sometimes when a badge is awarded, it's not immediately clear why it happened. I suggest ...
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Badge for editing a negative vote post that goes on to be a positive scoring post

I've noticed potentially good questions that are poorly worded or have bad titles and thus have at least a couple of downvotes or even close votes. On occasion, after a quick edit, these questions go ...
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How do “badges” work?

What are badges? How do users get badges? How can users get tag badges? What can cause a badge to be lost/revoked/taken away after it is awarded? How can I suggest a new badge? For more information,...
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Badge suggestion: Responsive (aka Quality Control, Adaptability, etc …)

Badge suggestion: "Conformist" - Made an edit to ones own post that resulted in people removing their down-votes. This is to encourage people to fix their bad posts. Maybe require a certain number ...
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Empowering tag-badge holders part II - let's look at silver?

Not long ago, we gave folks that have a gold tag badge the ability to instantly mark a question as a duplicate of another. This has worked out exceptionally well in practice. While there have been ...
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Excavator and Marshal badges are being awarded over and over

The excavator has been awarded to... many users just some time ago. What a... bug? Certainly it is, too many unavailable posts :D Seems to affect Marshal and Excavator. Also looks like it's ...
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More badge progress indicators

I just noticed the Copy Editor badge progress indicator on stackoverflow.com/review/, Can we have this for more badges please? In particular the badges where it's not clear to the user how they're ...
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Electorate, Pundit, etc badge progress

We need more meta data about progress for some of the badges, particularly with new ones like Electorate, Pundit, and more. This started off as a whinge about Electorate, but has been expanded into ...
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What kind of edits contribute to the editor badges?

The descriptions for the editing badges are: Editor: First edit Strunk & White: Edited 80 posts Copy Editor: Edited 500 posts Does "posts" include your own questions/answers, or are these ...
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A higher level Strunk & White badge? 1000 edits or such

I recently picked up a Strunk & White badge, which I am damn pleased with. It is a somewhat exclusive club with 354 badges thus far bestowed. It was earned mostly by cleaning up horribly ...
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How long does it take for badges to be awarded? How are they generated?

Do badges get calculated in real time, or do they get calculated by an external service? How long does it take for a badge to be awarded, once its requirements are met? Does Stack Overflow use any ...
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Badge symbol in notification is of the site you're on, not where badge was earned

It's so cool that the notification reminds you of the colour of badge you've earned. But I am a little puzzled by the symbols: Is it feasible to use the symbol from the earned site? At the moment it ...
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How can I get the “cleanup” badge

In other words, what counts as "First Rollback"?
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Vox Populi, Civic Duty, and Electorate badges being awarded en masse

I've just been awarded the Vox Populi badge on Meta Stack Overflow, Stack Overflow, Gaming & WordPress. I don't think I've voted once today, let alone 40 times on each site. Reports indicate that ...
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Is it possible to lose badges?

Is it possible to lose badges after they've been awarded?
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Misleading description of new Curious badge

The description of the new Curious badge currently reads: Asked a good question on 5 separate days, and maintains a positive question record. The term "good question" seems to be defined by the ...
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How to get my first gold badge [closed]

I want to work towards my first gold badge on Stack Overflow and was wondering which gold badge was the most achievable.
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New bronze badge for using a filter on the Close Votes review queue

Many bronze badges are awarded for just for using features of the site. This is a simple and efficient way to advertise features. One feature that took me (and probably also others) a while to find ...
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When exactly does the Unsung Hero badge get awarded? [duplicate]

A while ago, I spotted the gold badge, Unsung Hero, which carries the description, Zero score accepted answers: more than 10 and 25% of total. The way I interpret that is that you need more than 10 ...
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What happened to this user's rep, badges, and name?

This user is only displaying 56 rep. https://stackoverflow.com/users/2354107/user2638924 But surely (s)he has much more than that. The user has also never given out any bounties. Also, badges ...
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Give users a way to see their “Positive Question Record” score

I recently got awarded some new badges for different SE sites, however I was a bit surprised at which sites gave me which badges. The badges are : Asked a well-received question on 5 separate days,...
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Remove the 25% requirement from the “Unsung Hero” gold badge

The description currently reads: Zero score accepted answers: more than 10 and 25% of total. The English sentence is really awkward and ambiguous: exactly 25%? >= 25%? <= 25%? it doesn't say (...
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What is the purpose of the “disciplined” badge?

I don't get the purposes of the disciplined badge. Why would someone delete a good answer where he has been awarded 3 up-votes, and why should he be marked as "disciplined" for doing so?
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What's the difference between Suffrage and Vox populi badge

Suffrage - Used 30 votes in a day. Vox populi - Used the maximum 40 votes in a day. 40 is now a new day limit for casting votes?
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Badge suggestion: Polymath (gold version of Generalist)

Going along with my suggested implementation for Generalist, since the specialist badges have a gold level, I propose that the Generalist badge should too, called Polymath and, under an awarding ...
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How long do Tenacious and Unsung Hero badges take to be awarded?

Just curious whether the process takes a while, and whether it scrapes through history to determine if it was once valid or not. Currently, I have 6 0-vote accepted answers and 20 1+-vote answers (on ...
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Can we have cross-site badges?

In the early days of the Stack Overflow trilogy (including SO, Server Fault, and Super User), I noticed that many of the most active members were good contributors on all three trilogy sites. These ...
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New Community Review badges

The Community Review Dashboard is finally nearing something we can call "release quality". All of the major categories from the old system are in place, and the time has come to address those stinkin' ...
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Can somebody better explain the Tenacious badge?

I just acquired the Tenacious badge but the description is leaving me wondering what exactly I've done to acquire it. Description: Zero score accepted answers: more than 5 and 20% of total.
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Why isn't there a bronze badge for 10 people favoriting a question?

There are currently two badges for questions favorited by a certain number of users: Favorite Question Question favorited by 25 users Stellar Question Question favorited by 100 users Why isn't ...
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New silver badge for editing N tag wikis

I am working on improving our tag wiki system and am looking for some better ways to incentivise the community to write awesome content. At the moment we have a single bronze badge for Tag Wikis - ...
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Badge notifications should have the same color as the badge [closed]

I would like to suggest an update to Stack Exchange sites regarding the notification that is shown when a user earns a new badge. Currently, all notifications are shown in the same color, like this: ...
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Voting for competing answers (Sportsmanship badge)

If I answer a question and vote for a competing answer, I am on my way to the Sportsmanship badge. What about if I: a) delete my answer after voting for a competing answer -- or -- b) delete my ...
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Implement secret badges

After watching the flurry of activity, and people (i.e. myself) trying to do a lot of stuff to try and get some of the secret hats, I realized that it might be worthwhile for SE to give out secret ...
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How to get Vox Populi badge when you can no longer vote after 32 votes? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Cannot vote on question although 40 votes limit not reached I have the converse of the problem in Vox Populi with 30 votes; well, sort of. My counter shows 32 votes for today....
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Better description of “Tenacious Badge”

I just got the Tenacious Badge, and I clicked my way to find out what it was for. I have read it ten times, and I still don't fully understand what I got it for. Maybe it's just because I'm Norwegian,...
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Indicate the color (bronze/silver/gold) in tag badge notifications

Right now there is no difference in the names of bronze, silver and gold tag badges - they're just named after the respective tags themselves. This not only makes the following notification rather ...