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12 years, 5 months ago
I was just looking at the Enthusiast badge and noticed that many of the users who earned it have quite low reputation. Many in fact have the "base reputation" of 101, with no questions or answers.
Have these people really visited the site every day for a month and not contributed in any way? Just wondering if maybe there's a bug here or something?
Dec 11, 2010 at 15:52
It's also possible to game this badge if you have some sort of browser extension that automatically loads sites all the time.
We have some rudimentary protection in place for this, but it's the kind of thing where an arms race to try to make the badge more strict would just cause more harm than help.
Dec 12, 2010 at 7:21
Jeff Atwood Jeff Atwood
13.9k 12 12 silver badges 14 14 bronze badges
The daily visits are all that is required. There is no requirement for actually participating.
Dec 11, 2010 at 20:34
Grant Palin Grant Palin
2,716 1 1 gold badge 14 14 silver badges 10 10 bronze badges
I don't think it's necessarily a bug. I often come here and don't say much and I bet a lot of people do the same thing. Many people using SE sites may just browse questions, find an answer they're looking for without necessarily participating. Just the usual lurker behavior.
Apr 23, 2011 at 8:48
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