I stumbled across one post on the soon-to-close Astronomy SE thread:

Will there be a badge? It would be nice if contributors to the site were recognized for their effort somehow, especially those with lots of reputation. Of course, a badge here wouldn't do. Maybe a badge in Area 51?

Actually, I don't think this would be a bad idea. If someone has committed extensively (say, more than 2k reputation) on a site with a failed beta, they've put time and effort into it and ultimately deserve something to say thanks for trying. Think of it like a (silver? gold?) tumbleweed badge but for betas...

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    If it's over 2k, I would make it gold. – Ephraim Apr 27 '12 at 11:21
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    Not sure why I can't suggest an edit myself, but I'll just leave a comment. Add the [feature-request] tag to the question. – Ephraim Apr 27 '12 at 11:22
  • @Ephraim Thanks, done. – berry120 Apr 27 '12 at 13:21
  • Which account would the badge be applied to, given that the account for the failed beta will no longer be operative? – Verbeia Apr 27 '12 at 13:23
  • @Verbeia The area 51 account seems to make most sense to me. – berry120 Apr 27 '12 at 13:25
  • @berry120 that's a good idea, but what about people who joined the site after the private beta finished, and don't have an Area 51 account? I just quickly eyeballed some of the new users on Mathematica (the site I am most involved with) and only about 1/5 of them seem to have an A51 account. – Verbeia Apr 27 '12 at 13:31
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    @Verbeia This is true, I guess there's two approaches to take. The first would be to only award the badge to those who committed to it before the beta. The second (my preference) would be to just add the badge to a linked area51 account that was created in the future, and perhaps announce at the site's closure that anyone with enough reputation could create an area51 account and qualify for the badge. – berry120 Apr 27 '12 at 13:34
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    I like your second option too. The badge could be called "Consolation". – Verbeia Apr 27 '12 at 13:36
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    what if it could be a Main SE Profile badge? – Ephraim Apr 27 '12 at 14:59

Thank you for the suggestion. Your idea has merit, but the Area 51 system is in the sunset of its development so we will not be adding additional features/badges to this system until a next-generation system has been developed. You can read the latest on the future of site creation here:

What's going on with Area 51?

I will defer this conversation until we can work out what, exactly, a next-generation system will entail. But thank you for the suggestion. The need for a badge-like recognition in this scenario has been noted.

  • Ah, I was unaware of that - thanks, in that case I agree it makes sense to hold off for now! – berry120 Apr 27 '12 at 15:43

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