OK, I was given a lowly bronze badge when I acquired 200 rep in one day which has been stated as daily maximum.

Now now! I put such superb hardwork, concentration and support to fellow members and gathered as much rep in a day as was possible for any mortal. And at the end of the day I am awarded with a bronze medal. I mean ... really?

I demand my Mortarboard (yeah, that's the name of the badge awarded) to be converted from bronze to gold. Thank you.

P.S. I would be highly motivated to stay super-active if you send me cookies, a chocolate cake and some candies.


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Mortarboard is a bronze badge that is supposed to be reasonably easy to get if you put in the effort. Earning 200 reputation in a day once is not terribly difficult, and even easier with our upvote-happy community.

Having a single good answer on a question that happens to hit the Network Hot Questions list is often sufficient (and a good way) to hit the daily reputation cap. I have hit the cap several days in a row on other, far more mature sites that way.

Legendary is the corresponding gold badge, which requires hitting the daily reputation cap on 150 separate (UTC) days. That one, like most gold badges, is hard to get. Having earned it on our site would be even more of an achievement given that the site has only been around for about twice that length of time.

For comparison:

  • On Worldbuilding, right now among our about 8800 users
    • 122 "Mortarboard" badges have been awarded,
    • with no awarded Epic (silver, 50 times hitting the cap)
    • or Legendary (gold, 150 times hitting the cap) badges,
    • for an overall ratio of about 72 users to 1 Mortarboard.
  • On Stack Overflow, which is arguably the most active site in the network, right now among its 4.3 million users
    • Mortarboard has been awarded 22k times,
    • Epic 529 times
    • and Legendary 193 times,
    • for an overall ratio of about 114 Mortarboard to 1 Legendary and 22500 users to 1 Legendary; or about 195 users to 1 Mortarboard.

If our Mortarboard-to-Legendary ratio was the same as that on Stack Overflow, we would have a single Legendary badge awarded by now, but given that our site is so young, anyone having achieved that this early is not really reasonable to expect. If our user-to-Legendary ratio was the same, we'd have 0.4 Legendaries. (The user that had Legendary would be at about 30k rep minimum, while the users we do have which have the most reputation have about 23k rep currently.)

In this case, the fact that we are officially awesome does not help much.

Bottom line: Keep working on it! I don't see Mortarboard being converted into a gold badge, and even if it were to get converted into a gold badge, that is not something a site moderator can do.

If you want a gold badge, good badges to aim for would be either Marshal, Steward or Copy Editor (with good edits), as all of these help to directly improve the site experience for everyone. The corresponding bronze and silver badges are also fairly easy to get, and the gold badges aren't terribly hard to get, indicating their perceived value for the community, relative to other gold badges.

  • $\begingroup$ I don't like you no more! :( $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 16, 2015 at 7:41
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    $\begingroup$ @YoustayIgo That's just how the site works. If you don't like it, take it to Meta SE, contact the team, or stop worrying about it. Either way, there's no reason to go around being inflammatory because your badge isn't the one you wanted. $\endgroup$
    – ArtOfCode
    Commented Sep 16, 2015 at 8:06
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    $\begingroup$ lol I know. I'm just messing around. This wasn't supposed to be taken so seriously. Anyhow. I think I should delete it, if it offends the illuminati. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 16, 2015 at 8:08
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    $\begingroup$ +1 for 'upvote-happy community'. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 16, 2015 at 13:20
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    $\begingroup$ @YoustayIgo: And take away Michael Kjörling's chance on a reversal badge? $\endgroup$
    – celtschk
    Commented Sep 18, 2015 at 6:44
  • $\begingroup$ Aha! I'd hit it! $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 18, 2015 at 6:48
  • $\begingroup$ I'm on 33/50 for epic and I'm one of top two rep on the site so I doubt many people are much closer. If I'd kept running at the rate I was when the site launched I'd be there by now but it's not really needed any more. $\endgroup$
    – Tim B
    Commented Sep 20, 2015 at 17:11

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