Able to earn 'Taxonomist' badge on own posts?
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:
- Simply add a new tag to 10 of one's own questions. Since there is no karma requirement for a user to edit her own posts, it is trivially easy to acquire this badge if one is reasonably active.
- Re-tag 10 questions posted by other users to add the new tag. This takes a little more work since it requires a certain amount of karma to retag others' questions (500 by default), but again, a reasonably active user could abuse her privileges to acquire this badge unjustly.
In what I would consider to be an ideal world, a user should only gain the Taxonomist badge if:
- She creates a new tag, and
- 10 other users then use that tag in at least one question each.
The description of the Taxonomist badge would then be changed to "Created a tag used by 10 other users" (or "10 other people", perhaps).