I looked at SO meta, and they have removed the badge for participating in the beta.

I think that all the badges should be attainable for everyone, so badges like Beta and precognative.

I do understand that these are a medal and people are proud to ahve them but can these be incorporated into the profile rather than a badge, as no newer users will ever have the chance of gaining these badges.

  • Oooh, if we down vote the question and up vote the answer enough, will we get a "Reversal" here? – Daniel Dec 14 '11 at 1:39
  • I'm all for it :-) – nohillside Dec 15 '11 at 20:17
  • @Daniel Sounds like a good idea to me! – daviesgeek Dec 23 '11 at 20:46

There are a number of badges which are practically unattainable for various reasons:

  • "participated in Beta" -> obvious
  • "Legendary" (Earned 200 daily reputation 150 times) -> maybe in a few years
  • "Reversal" (Provided answer of +20 score to a question of -5 score) -> how likely is that?

So I think one unattainable badge more or less doesn't matter.

  • These can ultimately be achieved over time. The ones i have mentioned are absolutely unattainable from now onwards, there is no point in having them. – Graeme Hutchison Dec 12 '11 at 20:48
  • So? Let the beta users have their badge, there are more than enough badges to go for remaining :-) – nohillside Dec 12 '11 at 21:08
  • have the badge but why list it, if it cannot be achieved? – Graeme Hutchison Dec 12 '11 at 21:12
  • @GraemeHutchison, do you mean to list it on people's profiles, but not on the list of badges? – Daniel Dec 22 '11 at 5:31
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    @Daniel yes, either list it as a badge or as something else, on the profile, and remove it from the list of attainable badges. – Graeme Hutchison Dec 22 '11 at 7:53

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