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The badges page shows each one with a 'x NN'. It's obvious that the number is higher for harder badges but what exactly does this number mean? Is it multiplying something specific or just decoration?

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    Actually, the lower the number, the harder the badge. Of course the Beta badge is now unattainable, so it's technically the hardest badge of all to get. – Alan Munn Dec 9 '12 at 0:11
  • @AlanMunn: That and the bronze Precognitive badge. – Werner Dec 9 '12 at 6:20
  • Perhaps the hardest attainable badge is the gold Unsung Hero badge. It requires a somewhat timid voting community - not so much here. As a minimum it requires 40 answers, 11 of which are accepted by the OP with a score of zero. – Werner Dec 9 '12 at 6:21
  • You guys are right, the number is lower the harder. At least I was right that they're correlated! – apexofservice Dec 9 '12 at 11:07
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The number indicates the number of that specific badge that has been awarded to users on the site. Take the following snapshot as an example:

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  • Benefactor: 138 people have awarded a bounty on their own question manually (this badge can only be awarded once). Clicking on the badge shows:

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  • Civic duty: 174 people have voted more than 300 times. Clicking on the badge shows:

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And so you can cycle through these and see who/which post has these been awarded to/for. Some are awarded once, while others can be awarded multiple times.

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