For those of us who are completionists (individuals who are driven to complete whatever they start, whatever that may entail), the badges can be a bit of a nuisance. I asked previously if it would be possible to remove the badges that are next to impossible to acquire here on Worldbuilding, considering our active community. We don't have the capability to do that (and may not want to, given the accepted answer), but that leaves completionists like me (and Tim B) in a bit of a jam.
I seem to remember there was a discussion in the comments here on Meta a while ago (I can't find it now) suggesting users were specifically taking actions to award badges to each other, but that was on viable questions.
Would it be acceptable to create questions/answers specifically to acquire badges?
For example, posting a question indicating that users should not look at it, vote on it, or answer it for a week, in order to get the Tumbleweed badge.
I understand that doing this may reduce the quality of site, if too many users opt to acquire all the badges. This could be considered a form of social experiment using the site itself as a Worldbuilding question. ("Given these constraints, how would society respond?" is a frequently-asked question, after all.)