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What purpose does the Tumbleweed badge serve apart from annoying me? And now I'm getting this: This question body does not meet our quality standards. Please make sure that it completely describes your problem - including what you have already tried - and is written using proper grammar.

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    What purpose does any badge serve really? The answer: none. They're supposed to be fun, non-serious and don't represent anything really. I'd suggest shrugging it off. If it really bothers you, you can delete the question. – Ian C. Aug 16 '13 at 22:23
  • @IanC., I asked a question about something that has been a serious problem on my computer (for a long time now), and I was hoping for a helpful answer - all I got was an irritating and useless badge! – SteveW Aug 16 '13 at 22:28
  • It certainly could seem like just rubbing it in that you didn't get any help. This is worth noting. – Daniel Aug 16 '13 at 23:13
  • @DanielLawson, Thanks, I've been checking every day hoping to get a response, and I notice there are a lot of questions being asked with very few views, and hardly any answers - it seemed like a waste of time. – SteveW Aug 16 '13 at 23:19
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    @SteveW recall that we're not paid in any way to answer questions here. People do it because they find enjoyment in it and part of that enjoyment is the badges. I understand you're trying to find an answer to a serious question, but part of what keeps people engaged here and helping people is a little bit of levity. – Ian C. Aug 17 '13 at 4:42
  • @IanC.I fully understand that no one gets paid for this, but the very existence of the site suggests that you might get lucky and find someone who can answer your question - therefore raising your hopes. The badge I received raised my hopes even more.. and then I read what the badge was for. It was like a slap in the face accompanied with group laughter! I hope you can understand how disappointing and irritating that was. – SteveW Aug 17 '13 at 22:58
  • I'd hoped we might find an answer for you. I hope the Apple tech gets your computer working! – Daniel Aug 23 '13 at 5:28
  • @DanielLawson, Aw, I lost my Tumbleweed badge! :) Thanks Daniel for all your help, and I hope IanC has managed to cool down a bit. My 'Help' issue hasn't been resolved yet, the tech at Apple thinks it could be a port problem. – SteveW Aug 23 '13 at 22:14
  • You get to keep the tumbleweed badge :-) – Daniel Aug 23 '13 at 23:17
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One "point" to the Tumbleweed badge is that it makes it more likely that someone might find your question. If any users are looking to be helpful on questions that others have passed on, they can watch the tumbleweed page for posts that haven't gotten the attention they deserve.

The system gives the Tumbleweed designation to posts that have flown under the radar. That can help them get noticed.

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    This answer helps me get things into perspective. Apologies, the irritation has been building up for a long time now, and it's a touchy subject! :) – SteveW Aug 16 '13 at 22:53

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