I think it would be appropriate on this site to add a new set of badges, based on Matthew 20:16. I propose the following badges be awarded for the following criteria:

  • Deacon 100 accumulated down votes on answers
  • Elder 100 accumulated down votes on questions with 50% or more being closed
  • Apostle Achieves negative reputation
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    You want to encourage bad behaviour?! Aug 29 '11 at 12:15
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    I don't think you can get "negative reputation". 1 is the minimum. Aug 29 '11 at 12:15
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    ...So hoping for this to happen, you made a post that's sure to get a few downvotes? :P Aug 29 '11 at 13:45
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    <sigh> Does nobody have a sense of humor?
    – Flimzy
    Aug 29 '11 at 21:29
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    @Wikis That would just lend support to the view that the apostolic age is over. Nov 3 '11 at 13:44

I think these are terrible badges.

  • We shouldn't encourage people to generated downvotable content

  • We don't want to make our mods' jobs harder in the future by encouraging closeable content.

  • The lowest you can go rep-wise is 1 so Apostle is impossible.

If we are going to suggest badges with these titles then perhaps the following would be more appropriate:

  • Deacon - Edits, comments and upvotes new users (drawing on the service part of the Deaconate)

  • Elder - 3 years service 10k rep

  • Apostle - Private Beta member with 10k or higher rep

  • Although it's not technically impossible (like negative reputation) for a private beta member to get 10k or higher rep, it's almost impossible, given the daily 200 rep limit for most things.
    – Flimzy
    Aug 29 '11 at 19:29
  • @Flimzy I'm not saying during the beta. I'm just saying a user who was active during private beta. Kind of an original high rep member
    – wax eagle
    Aug 29 '11 at 19:32
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    Ah... okay... interesting idea. I think it still completely misses the intent of Matthew 20:16... and the intended humor of the original suggestion. :)
    – Flimzy
    Aug 29 '11 at 19:35
  • I thought of posting a not very serious proposal for lead badges for negative "accomplishments". Even as explicitly negative awards, such might encourage people to earn such. (Perhaps 'uranium' would be the negative equivalent of 'gold'; perhaps 'rust' for 'bronze' :-/ ) Jun 27 '13 at 1:26

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