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For questions about the badge system on the Stack Exchange network. Badges are awarded to encourage and incentivize positive community actions within the site.

Badges (along with reputation) are what makes Stack Exchange sites tick.

If you have a question about how the badge system works or a question about a specific badge, this is the tag to use.

A user may be awarded

badges

  • Gold Badge

Gold Badges are rare. You'll have to actively work toward these. They're something of an accomplishment!

  • Silver Badge

Silver badges are awarded for longer-term goals. Silver badges are uncommon, but definitely attainable if you're interested.

  • Bronze Badge

Bronze badges are awarded for basic use of Meta Stack Exchange. They are easy to earn.

Note

Some badges are awarded based on score. The term "score" means the total number of upvotes minus the total number of downvotes.

What surrounds a badge on the badge page?

badge information

The tick before the badge denotes that you've already been awarded that badge.

The description after the badge shows what you have to do to earn it.

The number next to the description indicates the number of times the badge has been awarded.

Want to know more?

Visit the Badges page for a list of available badges.

See also:

If you want to request a new type of badge to be created, use the tag. If you want to ask a question about the badges awarded for specific tags, use the tag. If you want to ask a question about how to make progress towards earning a particular badge, use the tag.

There are other specific tags for particular types of badges: , , and more.