As a feature, show how close/far someone is to getting a badge that has more than one part. I.e. for convention, show how many posts the user has with a score above 2 in meta (if its less than 10), or for Copy Editor, how many edits they have made.

Does not seem like a big deal to add, but it would also answer question like "does this count as an edit?" really easily for the user (they could just do it and find out).

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The lack of information describing your exact progress towards badges has been indicated by Jeff and/or the other developers to be an intentional design choice 1, 2 so anything of this nature is unlikely to be implemented

However, if you look at the Data Explorer, you will find quite a few queries that will help estimate progress (do remember the data explorer isn't live data and so won't be fully up to date).

  • Never knew about that before...
    – soandos
    Commented Jul 27, 2011 at 16:45
  • @soandos I guess you mean the Data Explorer? It's pretty handy, but as mentioned, do pay attention to the date of update on the front page - it is only updated every month or so.
    – DMA57361
    Commented Jul 27, 2011 at 16:54
  • +1, never knew about Data Explorer either. Already wrote a few queries, awesome resource. Commented Jul 27, 2011 at 17:28

I can see this being a fun.

But I see a big gotcha here. I CAN see this bringing in a WHOLE boatload of support calls. "IT'S NOT UPDATING" "WHERE DID MY POST CREDIT GO??"

I propose a different solution: Pretty graphs and timelines. Still gives people a sense of accomplishment and a need to motivate. At the same time, reporting services like these are a lot easier to support.

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    I thought mine would be easier to implement, but what do you want graph?
    – soandos
    Commented Jul 27, 2011 at 16:05
  • Timelines, the cool graphics that people are doing over at API/APPS. I guess, then again, people are already doing that, it's just not easily discoverable. Can be solved with a link in the profile.
    – surfasb
    Commented Jul 27, 2011 at 19:57

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