# Is there any way to try for badges like archaeologist without being annoying?

I've been trying for various badges recently, and a lot of them are very good (like encouraging you to try chat, encouraging you to vote). I recently tried unsuccessfully for the 'tumbleweed' badge (at https://math.stackexchange.com/q/411641/51970), which I realize now is a bad idea.

After that experience I realized that some badges cause serious annoyance. Specifically, the archaeologist badge. 100 posts is a lot, and it seems that people don't like old questions popping up on the front page for trivial reasons. Is there any way to try for the archaeologist badge in a constructive way, or is it one that should be left alone? Are there any other badges better left unsought?

• "Is there any way to try for the archaeologist badge in a constructive way." - certainly; edit old posts as you encounter them, if need be. This is not a badge you're supposed to acquire on short notice. Jun 6 '13 at 17:49
• Jun 6 '13 at 18:31
• I have to confess that I only started posting on meta in the first place for badges... But it's been very helpful! Jun 6 '13 at 23:23
• @Lord_Farin That query returns number higher than 100 for several users that do not have the archaeologist badge. Examples:8297, 9849, 30938. Several queries are mentioned in this meta.SO post. Jun 8 '13 at 8:40
• @Martin You are right; on closer inspection, that probably occurred because if you edit tags, title, and body, the edit gets registered three times. The keyword DISTINCT should solve this. My query (listing all relevant edits with links) is here. Jun 8 '13 at 10:13