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New three-tiered badge idea: Explainer →Refiner → Illuminator

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 ...
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Excavator and Marshal badges are being awarded over and over

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 ...
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Empowering tag-badge holders part II - let's look at silver?

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 ...
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"Autobiographer" Badge now only requires sharing what YOU want with the community

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 ...
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New three-tiered badge idea: Explainer →Refiner → Illuminator

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....
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Empowering tag-badge holders part II - let's look at silver?

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 ...
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Badge symbol in notification is of the site you're on, not where badge was earned

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 ...
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Misleading description of new Curious badge

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 ...
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New three-tiered badge idea: Explainer →Refiner → Illuminator

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 ...
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No gold badge for revival/necromancer/… pattern?

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 ...
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Empowering tag-badge holders part II - let's look at silver?

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 ...
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Asking days badges

I ran the proposed badge-award criteria against the top 124 users on English Language & Usage by reputation, and discovered that this would produce 2 golds, 20 silvers, and 75 bronzes amongst ...
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What are the badges I can earn on each site, and what are the exact criteria for earning each badge?

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 ...
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Badge apparently awarded, but not showing

The badge progress tracker is live - meaning that as long as the data is available to look at it will show you up-to-the-minute stats about how far along you are towards that badge. The scripts that ...
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Badge symbol in notification is of the site you're on, not where badge was earned

After what turned out to be a somewhat excessively long delay, version 1.16 of my Stack Overflow Unofficial Patch (SOUP) user script now includes a client-side CSS patch to fix this. Basically, what ...
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"Post-it" badge for totally epic comments

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 ...
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How did the Community bot earn the "Not a Robot" badge on Stack Overflow?

It was manually awarded to Community user by the Stack Overflow team, as confirmed by Nick Craver♦ on Meta Stack Overflow: I was wondering how long it'd take meta to notice. About 21 hours, not too ...
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What are the badges I can earn on each site, and what are the exact criteria for earning each badge?

Why didn't I get badge name right now? (even though the badge progress tracker on my user profile or the review stats page indicates that I qualify for the badge; I even got the message "...
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Why haven't I received the "Curious" badge?

No bug here. The Curious badge has two criteria to be awarded: Ask a good question on 5 separate days Maintain a positive question record You did fulfil the first, on 13 days, and that is what you ...
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Why does my all badges and reputation lost when I logged in?

I deleted your account on November 21. You and several others all clearly conspired to defraud the voting system by participating in a voting ring that was propping up low-quality or incorrect content....
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The generalist badge should be gold

(Bump.) Judging from the votes on the question and the answers, the consensus appears to be as clear as it will ever be on SO: the Generalist badge should be gold. Currently, there are 614 ...
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New three-tiered badge idea: Explainer →Refiner → Illuminator

Final requirements: Edited n questions within 12 hours of posting an answer (that's 12 hours before or after answering), where: The question was asked by someone other than the answerer Neither the ...
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Trolling by accepting answer

Not every type of unwelcome activity is enumerated, but when you see a user flogging a feature or exploiting some use case wildly outside how it was intended to be used, it is abusive. And when that ...
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New three-tiered badge idea: Explainer →Refiner → Illuminator

This is quite similar to the Editor (1 edit) / Strunk & White (80 edit) /Copy Editor badges in the sense that all curators will have the copy editor badge, all archivists will have the Strunk &...
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Should moderators be given the discretion to award high-scoring badges and privileges?

As a moderator... Hell no It would be actual work for something that can be automated, allows me to show clear bias and is entirely pointless. This is how I see it playing out. 30 seconds after ...
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Any thoughts on a semidecadian badge for people with five years service and an average of N points per year?

This is my proposal on how the loyalty and commitment gold badge could be: Lustrum badge will be given to people that have 5 consecutive Yearling badges and have an overall score over 3k (or 5k or ...
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Empowering tag-badge holders part II - let's look at silver?

What about, in the spirit of the dupehammer, allow silver badge holders to have a binding reject vote on suggested edits in their tags?
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Tag badges are being awarded incorrectly

One should never push code right before going on vacation. The bug has been fixed, a test has been written, and any incorrectly-awarded badges have been revoked. Your topbar's achievement list has ...
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Badge Notification Repeats

My fault. Isn't it always? We had a problem with badges failing to award last night, so I added some extra logging to capture more info when it stumbled. In the process I accidentally broke something ...
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Why am I getting so many "yearling" badges today?

The description of the Yearling badge is: Active member for a year, earning at least 200 reputation. This badge can be awarded multiple times. That means you only get the badge for years in which ...
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