I just realized that there is an "Illuminator" badge:
That really surprised and baffled me and ultimately lead to the following question:
- Isn't that already going in the direction of bad / misguided incentives and leaving the realm of sensible gamifaction? I fear that this kind of badge can coerce people either into sinking a huge amount of time into this site. This is of course beneficial for the community, but could lead to neglection of "real-life" duties / tasks. Especially considering that if someone is striving for this badge, they will need multiple attempts given that the probability of coming across 500 questions that one can answer properly (score > 0) within 12 hours is rather low.
Given that only 24 members ever received this badge on SO.SE and none here on GameDev shows how improbable it is to get this badge. I however assume none of the current recipients specifically aimed for this badge as a concrete target but rather simply spent more or less 12 hours non-stop on the site.
So, after all this is most likely not a critical issue, but again it just baffled me and I would like to here what you think about it. Discuss!