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Update: this is now enabled everywhere! The rules are: You can instantly close as a duplicate any question that was originally asked with a tag you have a gold badge for. You can instantly reopen any question closed as a duplicate that was originally asked with a tag you have a gold badge for. You can only close or reopen a given question once (this hasn't ...


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I have a few thoughts on this... First, if we're gonna do this then let's make it worthwhile: 1 vote == closed, regardless of how many other votes or flags are in play. My biggest beef with close voting is the execution-squad attitude it seems to inspire among folks: "oh, I don't want to take responsibility for closing a question, I just want to be one of ...


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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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We've no plans to make "opting out" an option. This is in keeping with existing behavior: once you gain the ability to vote to close, you can no longer flag for closing. The system trusts you more, and there's no way to tell it to trust you less*. To be perfectly frank, I've never liked the attitude toward closing that turning it into a voting system ...


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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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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 question or answer that ...


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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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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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When I first got the privilege of unilateral closes as a mod of a tiny site, I had the same first reaction. But I've come to appreciate that unilateral actions can head off a lot of pain later. I was able to monitor comment threads and meta posts until I became convinced that the conversation no longer constructive. My unilateral decisions were subject to ...


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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 think this ends up placing a slightly arcane restriction on how sites can use tags, and gives an inordinate amount of influence to a small group of users who may not necessarily be reliably trusted with moderation. It changes the balance of a site significantly by linking two previously entirely unlinked systems. Consider Meta for a moment. (I know it's ...


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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 also been cleaned. My apologies.


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The tag script now has not run for at least three days now. I know that this question is from March 2014, but this issue is absolutely not fixed. I could make a list of the tens of duplicates about this issue, but that would be somewhat of a waste of time. It harms those of us like me (lookup site) on the edge of getting our gold tag badges from doing our ...


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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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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 "Congratulations - you earned [badge name]") Most badges (with the exception of the Informed badge) are awarded by a scheduled job which runs once every hour and are non-...


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I was curious as to how many gold badges there were in various tags on Stack Overflow (the site with the most gold badge holders according to another answer), so I (semi-manually) scraped https://stackoverflow.com/help/badges?tab=tags&filter=gold and sorted it by decreasing number of gold badges (excluding tags with fewer than 5 gold badges): ...


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The algorithm tag for which you expected a badge only has 83 questions. The minimum requirement for any tag badge to be awarded is 100. Once there are 100 questions with that tag the badge should be awarded.


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I think it would be confusing for a lot of people to have silver dupe hammers which were worth 2, 3, or 4 votes instead of 1 or 5. I have no problem allowing silver badge holders to close a duplicate with one swing of the hammer. However, if the team doesn't want to try that, I suggest giving gold badgers a rec and unclear hammer. So if a gold badger votes ...


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Your account history shows that the email change caused your account to be automatically merged into an older one. This causes all badges from the newer account (which got merged) to cease to exist. If you still qualify for them, they will be automatically awarded to you again whenever the respective badge processes run next. Many of them have already been ...


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After a long time study of how StackOverflow in general behaves on this subject, I think we should actually extend the possibilities for closing questions as off topic for gold and possibly silver badge holders. I do have currently a gold badge for cryptography & encryption but I can see this has limited effect on the site as most of the questions that ...


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Just an idea, not sure if it's practical or not: Silver Badges: For duplicates, a vote counts as 4, which means another vote is required to support the decision, this will minimize the wrong closing for duplicates. Gold Badges: In addition to the duplicate closing, the Broad Questions closing as well. This is easily spotted by experts in tags.


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Well, this is embarrassing. Even though our database was configured for full unicode, one of the tools we use to talk from the web-servers to the database was configured for non-unicode. That kinda means that any badges involving tags with unicode characters are most likely jacked. I'll get the mapping updated, then we'll see if we can unscramble the mess ...


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I disagree. The idea is to make you participate more. All I'm seeing is the required amount of participation being cut in half in order to get the badge. The average user will have way more than 20 answers in a tag before they reach 100 total score. We really don't want people being awarded the badge for getting 10 upvotes on only 10 questions. I think the ...


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You dropped below the threshold for earning that badge (you currently only have 99 answered questions under JavaScript), so the badge was retracted. While most badges are normally never taken away (except for extreme circumstances), tag badges are immediately taken away when you no longer meet the criteria. From How do “badges” work?: What can cause a ...


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I originally suggested this here, but it's related to this too. Give people with tag badges some extra votes in their tags. Presumably, we look mostly at stuff there, but also venture outside once in a while. Say, a bronze badge earns an extra 5 votes, silver 10, and gold 20.


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Let silver tag badge holders vote to delete negatively-scored answers in their tags. Give them that 20K privilege early, in other words. It's very possible to get a silver tag badge a good long while before hitting 20K. For holders with 20K or more, give them a few extra delete votes in their tags. It would still require consensus to remove an answer (both ...


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Tag score (for the purposes of badging) is recalculated on a daily basis. This allows tag badges to be revoked when they are no longer applicable to a user. Since deleted and wiki answers don't count towards these calculations, the answer to your question is yes, deleting the negative score answers would cause your total score to be recalculated ...


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If you go under a tag badge threshold e.g. 100 votes for the bronze badge, you lose the tag badge. Currently you have 99 votes for the JavaScript tag: Probably some questions where ratagged which you have answered. Don't worry, +1 vote and you will regain the bronze badge.


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They do count towards the badge. I was awarded a gold badge for the support tag here on Meta after reaching the prerequisite 200 non-CW answers. Among those 200 answers is one self-answer. I also had one support question (the one I answered) and one Community Wiki answer at the time.


Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible