I went back over my posts here on askbot.org and added version-specific tags to each one where applicable.
When I came back to the homepage, I noticed that I had earned the 'Taxonomist' badge ("Created a tag used by 10 questions").
Should the requirements for the badge be changed to exclude a user's own posts and edits from counting toward the total?
There are two ways to "game the system" and acquire this badge without doing that much work:
In what I would consider to be an ideal world, a user should only gain the Taxonomist badge if:
The description of the Taxonomist badge would then be changed to "Created a tag used by 10 other users" (or "10 other people", perhaps).
The condition "x other users apply the tag" sounds interesting, but is harder to detect.
IMO "gaming for badges" is not very common. Many people tend to ignore them altogether.
Possibly (if this indeed is a serious problem) a better solution is to increase the number of required use count of the tag (it's available via the live settings)? Then the intent of the user will be more clear - posting just to get the badge or not. In the worst case the admin can intervene.
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Asked: 2012-04-14 15:49:51 -0500
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Last updated: Apr 15 '12