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And 5 respect points?

Do you think this is a good idea?

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    100,000? Of course not, that's not even a nice round number. The 131,072nd though should win one whole Internets. – derobert Aug 11 '16 at 6:27
  • I'm serious. Isn't it a festive moment? – user147505 Aug 11 '16 at 6:45
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    There was a party in chat for Stack Overflow's millionth question; I think everyone got a t-shirt, maybe? I can't remember, but I remember Jeff recording who was there and giving them something. Not a site badge though. And the millionth question ended up just being a post about being the millionth question because people raced to get it, and that was with no incentive to do so – Michael Mrozek Aug 11 '16 at 14:56
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I'd think not. First, I'm not sure it's even possible with the Stack Exchange software to do that... But I'll leave that to an SE person to answer.

Badges are used to encourage behavior beneficial to the site. Trying to time your question to be a certain question number isn't (at best, it's neutral). And would you want to award a badge if it turns out to the 100k question is not a good question? Or what if it's by a not even registered user?

Badges are also, with the exception of the beta badge, something everyone can earn. The folks who got the site going in beta did something important, so that's justifiably different.

Finally, badges are because you accomplished something, you earn them. But asking the Nth question isn't something you've earned, you could have just stumbled across this site and its your first question. You didn't really do anything to earn a badge—it was the work of everyone else collectively that created 100k questions.

Celebration is probably in order, but giving a random lucky person a badge isn't the way to do it. It's an accomplishment of everyone working together, of the site, not of an individual.

  • Ok, you convinced me. – user147505 Aug 11 '16 at 7:23

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