At timely intervals gaming.stackexchange launch competitions. Usually around the time of a highly expected video game release. My thought was that the winners of those competitions should get a badge showing which competitions they won.

One example could be referring back to the Diablo 3 competition: http://diablo3acts.com/

Badge example: Diablo 3 Act 1 normal winner or Diablo 3 competition winner or Competition winner

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    HAT DASH BADGES. I WANT BADGES FOR MY HAAAAAAAATS. Commented Jul 25, 2012 at 22:38
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    Who needs badges? Just bring back Hat Dash! And make it permanent! Really though, +1'd. =D
    – Niro
    Commented Jul 25, 2012 at 22:39
  • @lesspop +2,000
    – badp
    Commented Jul 27, 2012 at 9:21

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One thing that stifles these kinds of requests is the fact that badges—in their current implementation—are rolled out to the entire network of Stack Exchange sites. So asking for Arqade-specific badges results in one of two scenarios:

  • Badges rolled out to 80+ sites that don't make a lick of sense on those sites
  • An overhaul of the badge system to support site-specific badges

Both are... less than ideal from a user and developer standpoint, respectively, so these types of requests are at best ignored and usually denied.

Rather than having contest-specific badges, what about having general contest participation badges? These would apply to any site that runs contests and promotions, which these days is a whole lot of them.

Something like:

  • Bronze badge: participated in one site-wide contest or promotion
  • Silver badge: participated in (5|10) site-wide contests or promotions
  • Gold badge: won a prize in a site-wide contest or promotion

What those badges should be called is left as an exercise for the reader, as I haven't a clue.

  • I think the idea of badges for certain levels of participation is a good one. I'm not so sure about a gold badge for winning. Like rep, badges are designed to encourage behaviors that benefit the site. But many of these contests have a large element of luck involved in determining the actual winners. I don't think we should give out gold badges (or any) for winning the dice roll.
    – sjohnston
    Commented Jul 26, 2012 at 13:58

You're suggesting badges for winner of RND basically, since not everyone who qualified for an Act got a prize for it. As such, voting against your idea.

I would be neutral if it was amended to people who met qualifications or something not dependent on coin tossing. e.g. 'D3-Act4' would be for the 10+ who qualified for act 4 and not only those who won.

Don't particularly care either way about such a badge, but I dislike the idea of having one you can't possibly earn except thru luck.

  • I agree with you. It would then be for everyone that qualified or?
    – Anders
    Commented Jul 25, 2012 at 22:54
  • @Anders: Yes - my post was a bit unclear, updated it now.
    – Alok
    Commented Jul 25, 2012 at 23:19

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