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Here are other "super easy" ways: Just check the site each day for a consecutive 100 days. Ask a relatively simple question that shows that your children have mathematical genius written all over their faces. Answer a relatively simple question which shows that the OP's children have mathematical genius written all over their faces, and be one of the first ...


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Even if you don't like tumbleweed badge, it has a positive side to it. It provides a list of questions, which have received very little attention. I believe that there are users, who check that list and if they see a question which is in one of their favorite areas, they will try to answer. (I have seen one user here at MSE who specifically mentioned on his ...


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I am sorry that you've had a bad initial experience on MSE. I have never heard of anyone encountering all the problems you describe. I suggest that you try the math chatroom. You can describe what's been happening to you and see if anyone there has had the same experiences, and perhaps someone there might have a suggestion for how to solve whatever has gone ...


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Probably a "Senator" badge, in the gold badges category. Anyone have other ideas for the name?


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I nominate "Informed". You just have to get into a page and scroll to the bottom...


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You're right: it's a stupid badge. In general the SE Team seems to have more of a sense of humor -- or a different one, at least -- than most of the core participants on math.SE. They are not above putting in certain features that are "funny", or playing April Fool's Day pranks, and so forth. It's not my cup of tea, but if you don't worry about it, it ...


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If we look beyond Math.SE, the silliest one may be Precognitive on StackOverflow: Followed the Area 51 proposal for this site before it entered the commitment phase. Since there was no Area 51 proposal for StackOverflow, nobody has this badge, or ever will.


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The motivation behind your idea is good; after all, the lack of MathJax editing can stir up confusion for both the asker and the helper. We all know MathJax's benefits. However, I'm not quite sure that adding a "tutorial" of some sort would really help out- it's easy to skip through the tutorial steps, especially when someone posts their homework question ...


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It appears that you had a couple accounts merged very recently, on 2017-03-25 at 07:23:40Z to be precise, which is less than an hour ago as I am typing this. It appears that the account that got merged into the current one had about 11K rep, and before the merge this account had about 2800 rep. In particular, I bet that prior to the merge this account didn't ...


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I agree the badge is somewhat pointless, but I don't think it's detrimental to the site. I think it's fair to say that most people here not only care about their "reputation" in terms of the site's points, but also their intellectual reputation they convey when asking and answering questions. This provides an incentive for users to not write poor posts in ...


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The Suffrage badge is much older than the Vox Populi badge, when the Suffrage badge was introduced the absolute vote limit was 30 votes. The Vox Populi badge was introduced at the same time as the increased vote limit was implemented. The badges are somewhat redundant, but introducing two badges in this situation is still better than e.g. changing the ...


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In regard to your second question, I do know from my unregistered days that unregistered users have the ability to accept answers, but don't have the ability to vote on anything. So this may be the reason behind at least some accepted answers with $0$ votes.


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That badge is for 600 votes on questions, not for 600 votes in total. So you don't qualify yet for the badge.


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I'm gonna go with the homework tag badges, simply for irony, as MSE is my #1 method of procrastinating homework.


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The easiest way is surely making a post about Batman, it seems.


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Perhaps you have earned 200 points on 150 days, but due to user removals, the number of days that show at least 200 points has been reduced. I believe that the badge counter remembers each day you've gotten at least 200, whereas the reputation page only counts the number of days that you are currently showing at least 200.


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It seems you do not fulfill all criteria, namely you miss the 'positive question record.' You are informed about this when you click the progress bar. This may be due to you having some deleted questions; from those visible it seems you would fulfill it but it is close enough to be plausible that a few deleted questions would change it. In more detail, ...


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The description of the custodian badge says: Completed at least one review task. This badge is awarded once per review type. Whenever a suggested edit is made, the owner of the post receives the notification about the edit and he is asked to review it (even if he has reputation lower then 2k+) and his vote is binding, see: How do suggested edits work? ...


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It depends. I've seen some occasions where a user posts a 'thank you, this helped' comment under my answer. If it's a user who is new to the site, and hasn't accepted any answers yet, I usually reply with something like: Since you're new to the site, I'd like to remind you that you can accept this answer if it helped you. But you can also wait until a ...


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Your thinking is not wrong. The problem is that those badge description are not complete in all details. Specifically: There is a lower limit on the age of an answer to qualify (ten days). Several of your answers are more recent than that. Restricted to those that are old enough you are at 8 score 0 accepted out of 26 accepted and you do not meet the "...


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I think the better course of action would be to make the Electorate badge harder to get. The count of gold badges shows that Fanatic and Electorate are much more common than other gold badges. They are also more common than many silver badges. These two badges dilute the value of xffd800-colored pixels. It was already proposed to redefine Electorate as "$\...


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Like Thomas Owens suggests in the meta.SO thread, I've always thought of Tumbleweed as a sort of a "consolation prize" badge. It's basically saying "Sorry, nobody bothered to even look at your question. Here, have an automatically awarded badge, at least." Note that the Tumbleweed badge is generally not awarded for bad questions, but for questions that ...


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I'd like to point out that, in all of the history of math.SE, with its 369k questions, 157k users, only 89 people were awarded the badge "Unsung Hero". Now let's compare with the other top SE sites, ordered by number of questions: $$\begin{array}{lrrr} & \text{Questions} & \text{Users} & \text{Unsung heroes} \\ \text{Stackoverflow} & 8.5M &...


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The Fanatic badge is supposed to be earned once. Otherwise Asaf Karagila would have earned 19 of them for the 19 disjoint 100 consecutive day periods he has visited the site (or 197 for the 197 different 100 consecutive day periods he has visited the site). The fact that you earned three in five minute intervals is most certainly a bug. Multiple awarded ...


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It is determined based on how many, or rather how few, of your questions get closed, deleted, and have negative score. You do not need to do anything in particular, it's a side-effect. Specifically, as I explained some time ago: [T]he criterion for having a positive question record is: $$Q_T \ge 2(Q_N + Q_C + Q_D)$$ where $Q_T$ is the total ...


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