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Note: queries use data which may be several days old. Find out when the last update was here. Question Badges Asking Days: progress towards Curious, Inquisitive, Socratic Question Score: Nice Question, Good Question, Great Question: see Profile > questions > votes Question Views: progress towards Popular Question, Notable Question, and Famous ...


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It's an interesting suggestion, but as per the comments, what this would do is incentivise answerers to always edit every question they answered, with some edit, however minor. And that would encourage more bad behaviour than good behaviour. So it's a nice idea, but doesn't quite achieve what it sets out to. Perhaps delving a bit more into what is trying to ...


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We just did a major revamp of how badges are awarded behind the scenes to drastically reduce the load on SQL Server. It now takes advantage of some pre-compute work we're doing to track badge progress in the profile. However, I screwed up 2 queries, specifically the text names of the badges that prevent duplicate awarding. I was thinking to myself earlier "...


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Moderation Badges Return to Top Citizen Patrol bronze; awarded once Flag a post Previously only awarded for flagging a post as spam or offensive; this was changed on Feb. 9, 2011 and applied retroactively Deputy *** silver; awarded once Raise 80 flags deemed helpful by moderators or the system Marshal *** gold; awarded once Raise 500 flags deemed ...


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Following dupehammer spirit, it looks natural to give them 10-20 see details below extra close votes to bang in their tag. Note how this will also boost dupehammer holders power, allowing them to do their magic 10-20 more times a day. Another option worth considering is to allow for 10-20 extra close reviews in their tag. Primary purpose of this is ...


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Participation Badges Return to Top Autobiographer bronze; awarded once Enter something in the “About Me” field of your user profile (source) Previously awarded only for filling in all profile fields; today, only the "About Me" description field needs to be filled in Caucus bronze; awarded multiple times Visit an election page while an election is in ...


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Well, look at the list and see which one seems easiest to you. https://stackoverflow.com/badges?tab=general&filter=gold Fanatic: All you've got to do is visit the site for 100 days (although it's still eluded me for 2 years+) Marshal: Raise 500 helpful flags Copy Editor: Edit 500 posts Electorate: Vote on 600 questions, and vote on at least one ...


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Other Badges Return to Top Analytical (retired) bronze; awarded once As of June 2013, this badge is retired due to the FAQ being changed to the Help Center all across the network. Those who earned it previously get to keep it. Visit every section of the former /faq page Announcer bronze; awarded multiple times Share a link to a post that is visited by ...


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I love this change. Because SE is not a social network and you have proven it - don't pull out excess info from users. And because "It's a great introduction to the Badge system". Except.. when I saw this badge appeared in the my profile (it was before I saw this post), I thought my account was hacked to fill profile fields :D.


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I started writing the SQL to determine what posts would be eligible for this badge; it's horrible: select p.id, p.owneruserid from posts p join posts q on p.parentid = q.id and p.owneruserid <> q.owneruserid join posthistory ph on p.parentid = ph.postid and p.owneruserid = ph.userid and p.creationdate between dateadd(hour, -12, ...


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I don't need to be given more opportunities to take the garbage out (e.g. more votes) but I would sure like to feel like I'm not working in vain. In the queues, give priority to the the votes or flags cast by people who have silver badges (or higher) in one of the tags of the post. For instance, let's say I'm filtering close votes to only see those in ...


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The criteria is... more complicated than original design. In order to keep the description under a paragraph or two, we purposely used vague wording. "Good question" in this context didn't mean the same thing as the "Good Question" badge. By popular demand (and gnat's excellent suggestion) we are changing the wording to: Asked a well-received question ...


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I can understand why this ended up this way given per-site theming and not wanting to load the sprite sets for every site when loading any one site, but still this is very counter-intuitive and keeps coming up. I propose making the badge icons in this particular menu where many site badges sit side by side just be the colored dots with no site-local sprites ...


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Apparently, I'm now officially involved in Stack Exchange again. How did that happen? You might remember that about a year ago I planned to participate on Philosophy and Gardening. It turns out that I don't have many questions about gardening as I only have a couple of windowsills, a balcony and a deck to work with. G.SE is a good site, but not about a ...


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Silver and gold badges are always considered veteran-worthy, so you'll always be notified of those. On real child metas (that excludes Meta Stack Exchange), you're always considered a veteran; on all other sites, you're considered a veteran if you have received the association bonus, i.e. you have 200 rep somewhere. The following bronze badges are ...


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This is something that we're actively considering (in fact, it came up quite long before this year's Winter Bash). It would definitely serve to reward people that do what's needed to get the gold badges, and keep going. The 'secretness' of them solves the problem of implementing badges with higher criteria than gold, we don't publicly set very high goals ...


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I've wondered about this, as I often look through user profiles, and their cross-site activity. Also since the question was asked, Stack Exchange now has tens of sites, not just three. Here are some examples I've thought about; Duathlete — gold medals across two sites Triathlete — gold medals across three sites Decathlete — gold medals awarded across ...


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I think the Electorate badge is by far the easiest to earn. All you have to do is to vote on 600 questions. You have a max of 40 votes you can use in one day. So you could earn the Electorate badge in a mere 15 days. On contrast the Fanatic badge takes 100 days to earn and takes some discipline to make sure that you visit the site every day. For me ...


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I disagree. Not all that should be downvoted should be closed, and vice versa. A question can be very good, well put, well thought-out, but is off-topic, or not constructive. A question can be valid, but badly formatted, or research wasn't applied to it ("RTFM questions which aren't duplicates"). There's no reason to close, only downvote. Also You're ...


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A few quick notes, since there's some good discussion buried in comments here: The primary goal here is to reward folks for doing something that benefits themselves as well as others, but which isn't immediately obvious. Think of any question you answer as being effectively the introduction to an instructional blog post you're writing: would spend time ...


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Well, as it turns out, if you've got silver badges, you already have these abilities from rep alone. On Stack Overflow: 5018 users have at least one silver tag badge 3120 of these have less than 20k reputation 1193 less than 10k 10 less than 5k 4 less than 4k More than half the silver tag badge holders don't have the 20k privilege of editing tag wikis ...


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A fix or this was just deployed, sorry it took so long to track down. The root cause was review audits, the common pattern in these users was they were owners of a post used for a positive review audit in the first post review queue. Down in the code was this: post.Owner.Reputation = deterministicFakeStats.Next(0, 10) * 5 + 1; post.Owner.BadgeSummary = "1=...


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I think there is still a need of incentives to answer many more old, unanswered questions. Current badges don't help much: a bronze badge doesn't matter; getting 5 votes on a tumbleweed tag/question is very unlikely, however good your answer might be. So, I propose: Persephone (gold badge, can be awarded multiple times): Posted 25 good answers to 90+ days ...


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The majority of the badges which exist do not have any method of "tracking" your progress built into the site. Simple badges such as Nice Answer/Question which require a number of upvotes can be tracked by simply viewing your list of questions and answers. Custodian, Reviewer, and Steward can be tracked in the review panel via the progress bar at the top of ...


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The Analytical badge will no longer be awarded. It doesn't make sense to change it to "visited every page of the help center" because there's so much more content than in the old FAQ. Furthermore, this new help center is meant to be more reference material than single-sitting reading. This is just like the "beta" and "precognitive" badges on Stack Overflow; ...


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Badges should encourage good behaviour. There is absolutely no advantage in giving a shiny badge for a bad thing. Some people would start collecting those badges just for fun.


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I ran the proposed badge-award criteria against the top 124 users on English Language & Users by reputation, and discovered that this would produce 2 golds, 20 silvers, and 75 bronzes amongst those 124 users, from a total of 38.5k questions asked (by anyone) and not deleted. Here’s the table sorted first on Days and then on Reputation, where Days is “...


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Documentation Badges (Stack Overflow) Return to Top Note As Stack Overflow Documentation has been discontinued, all Documentation badges, except for Documentation Beta and Documentation Pioneer, have been removed from the system and revoked from users who earned them. In exchange, a new single silver badge, Documentation User, was awarded to those who ...


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I really don't like this "accuracy percent" idea; you're basically discouraging people from downvoting on bad but not closable posts; there are lots of ways your post can be bad but not outright closable. It's also often the case that a good answer salvages a poor question, or a poor question is kept around because it's popular. It doesn't make sense that ...


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Comments are second class content here - as you know comments are liable to be removed at a drop of a hat, they are ephemeral and should not be considered to have any permanence or importance. As such - adding badges will only cause comments to be "gamed" for it and encourage more commenting rather than less. In fact - comments like the one you have posted ...


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