Imagine a question with a certain minimum number of upvotes (10?), with no upvoted or accepted answers. It's a good, answerable question or it wouldn't have the upvotes. Since no one has come up with a good answer, it's a challenge too. I like it. You?

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We already have a badge for question upvotes - personally, I think this "extended" badge would only be promoting undesirable behaviour.

Specifically, it would encourage people who ask questions to not upvote or accept any answers until they get the badge. And I'm not sure what additional positive behaviour it would encourage that the upvote badges don't encourage already.

Your heart's in the right place, but I think there's some misunderstanding here about what badges are actually for. Badges are supposed to be incentives to do specific things. Every badge in the current list has a clear purpose, except for Tumbleweed, which is sort of a joke badge and also isn't that far off from what's being proposed here (the only difference is votes). In fact, the only factor that really distinguishes this badge from either Tumbleweed or Nice Question is luck.

So I vote no, sorry. Any badge that doesn't clearly spell out what you're supposed to do in order to get it is ultimately just going to create confusion and negative or unpredictable side-effects. Aside from "ask good questions", which there are already plenty of incentives for, I just can't see what this badge would be trying to promote.

  • OK, but for real...Is anybody that hung up on reputation points or badges? At that point, isn't it a better question to ask how badly they need to get laid?
    – Jolenealaska Mod
    Nov 3, 2013 at 0:03
  • Agreed. The fact that the question doesn't have any answers doesn't really make it better. All this would be is a consolation prize: "sorry you didn't get an answer, have this badge."
    – Cascabel Mod
    Nov 3, 2013 at 5:24
  • And more generally, @Jolenealaska, Aaronut is quite right about the purpose of badges. If you're thinking about adding one, you should think about the effect they'll have on people who care about badges. This isn't one people can really try to get, and even if they do figure out a way, it doesn't really do anything good for them or the site. So it will just become one of those annoying badges that you'd like to have, but can't really get, because mostly it just takes luck. No one likes Tumbleweed much either.
    – Cascabel Mod
    Nov 3, 2013 at 5:26
  • I've gotta admit...Tumbleweed is a bit puzzling.
    – Jolenealaska Mod
    Nov 3, 2013 at 5:33
  • @Jolenealaska: Have a look at the badge questions on Meta Stack Overflow and then ask me that question again. :)
    – Aaronut
    Nov 3, 2013 at 19:54

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