What is a tag badge?
A tag badge is a badge you receive when you obtain a specific score for a tag, subject to meeting a minimum number of answers in the tag. You can earn a bronze, silver and gold badge for each tag.
The exact criteria for each badge is as follows:
Earn at least 1000 total score for at least 200 non-community wiki answers in the tag
Earn at least 400 total score for at least 80 non-community wiki answers in the tag
Earn at least 100 total score for at least 20 non-community wiki answers in the tag
What is the purpose of a tag badge?
Beyond "flair", the badges also serve a functional purpose. Once you obtain a gold tag badge, you can single-handedly close as duplicate within that tag. This allows experts in the tag to review content more efficiently. It is also possible that gold tag badge owners may see additional powers in the future, such as being able to perform a supervote.
Who has a tag badge?
The site has been running for years, but we only have 3 users with gold tag badges on the entire site, all for the minecraft tag. Compare this with stackoverflow and you will see a big difference.
The silver tag badges are also relatively low, with 34 across 12 tags.
What I propose is that we lower the tag badge criteria for this site, specifically the total score required to obtain a tag badge. This will yield the following benefits:
- Fit in better with the number of questions per tag that we receive on the site
- Allow real experts to be recognised correctly
- Give extra voting powers to knowledgeable users
- Indirectly increase quality answers (for those who see the changes as an incentive)
- Increase scenarios where tag experts can close questions as duplicates based on their experience with such questions in the specific tag
- Make use of additional voting powers should they be implemented system-wide for gold tag badge owners