No. I think you're reading too much into the name of the badge. For the purposes of the badge, "notable" simply means any question with 2500 views. To some extent, this also reflects the degree to which it is useful to others, since much of the site traffic is generated through links via search engines. Whether the definition meets the everyday definition ...
There seems to be some consensus on the main Meta site that mentioning participation on StackOverflow is at best a very minor part of one's resume, reserved for the extra-curricular section. StackOverflow, of course, is a general programming site, and therefore it's possible that participation on the site might be something that an employer might be ...
The line with the bronze badges is getting clipped if it is too long. The HTML code of the website contains the full number "322" which is clipped here to "32". If you look closely to the displayed "2" you see that it gets a little clipped as well.
The CSS settings used to style each site is different from SX site to SX site, so e.g. SO seems to not be ...
According to Asking days badges, the Curious badge forms part of a hierarchy of question badges based on the principle that a user
Asked a well-received question on X separate days, and maintained a positive question record.
Here X represents
5 for the bronze Curious badge ;
30 for the silver Inquisitive badge ; and
100 for the gold Socratic badge
I try to keep it at negative one because negative answers are not assesed for being good. Hence it doesn't even make sense to compare a -5 voted q/a with a -1 voted q/a
A negative number is enough to draw attention that it is a crappy q/a and makes a point. -17 doesn't always mean the question is wrong. Sometimes the attitude rubs people the wrong way and ...
Reputation related badges
Reputation on meta isn't shown, so it's hard to see what happens. Reputation related badges can be achieved, as several people got the Mortarboard badge. Nobody has Epic or Legendary yet, but it should be possible as well.
Badges which we cannot get on meta:
Bounty related badges
You cannot start a bounty on meta because of ...
Specific to the badges you mention, here are some ways of establishing them:
Under any of the statistics pages associated with reviews (for example, the Review Close Votes page), hover over the review progress bar to open up a fly-out that contains the relevant information:
As can be seen, this fly-out also contains other badge progress information ...
In the case at hand, you simply couldn't delete you answer unless the OP revoked his acceptance before. IMO, you also shouldn't delete it because it shows an alternative approach that may be useful for other users (who may face not quite the same, but a similar problem in the future). "Disciplining" yourself rather is a proper course of action if you and ...
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:
Benefactor: 138 people have awarded a bounty on their own question manually (this badge can only be awarded once). Clicking on the badge shows:
Civic duty: 174 people have voted more than 300 times. Clicking on the ...
I quietly argue in my department and regularly tell colleagues that significant participation in stackexchange sites should count in faculty reviews as service to the scholarly community. I'm sure @egreg's answers here advance science more than does his mathematics, however deep and interesting that may be.
As a complement to the answers already given, you should keep in mind that the numbers for these badges seem to be determined uniformly for the entire Stackexchange-2.0 network, of which the representative site is stackoverflow.com. That site has traffic several orders of magnitude greater than this one, which makes the badge dynamics totally different. ...
The Yearling badge is awarded for being an "Active member for a year, earning at least 200 reputation." However, it can be awarded retroactively if you've been around for a while but only recently started contributing. Here is a view of your reputation over time (data):
You triggered the Yearling badge on the following dates, based on your reputation change:...
It seems to me that this has something to do with the inverted (?) color scheme you're using. Generally, the revamped system works like this:
There are two types of messages, inbox and notifications.
We’re fiercely protective of the inbox, making sure only actionable
things directed at you go into it. Comments, answers, a handful of
post notices, ...
I like this question- it's nice to hear that someone else enjoys collecting badges and takes it somewhat seriously.
As I understand it, our site is a child of the parent http://stackexchange.com/; we have a lot of siblings about a diverse range of topics- bicycles, parenting, lego, etc, and all of the sites inherit the same badges with the same criteria.
It's difficult to tell which, but you may be short on any one of the restrictions in terms of the badge requirements. Here are the edit-related moderation badge descriptions:
bronze; awarded once
Edit any post
Strunk & White
silver; awarded once
Perform a total of 80 edits between questions, answers, and tag wikis
gold; awarded ...
Ratio of [Peer Pressure]/[Nice Answer] awarded badges (I take Nice Answer as a measure of the size of the site):
StackOverflow (the largest site): 10%
Mathematics.SE (significantly large site): 4%
TeX.SE (our site): 0.08%
Academia.SE (small site still in beta): 2%
We are one of the few sites that doesn't really downvote bad questions (well, ...
Remember that badges are only badges. They are not supposed to mean too much to the community, they mean more to their owner. If you post a question and it gets 2500 views, you get a Notable Question badge, that's it. It is a good motivation for posting well-stated, well-tagged questions since such ones are easier to find. The quality of the question is ...
If you really feel your answer does not deserve being listed first, you have only one option: Make the OP unaccept it and accept the other one. There is no other way how to make the accept answer not to show first.
As another option, you can edit your answer and add a first bold line: I believe that the answer by Alan Munn is better then mine, and I ...
No need to your track your links and to match them with your account. StackExchange just needs that tracking to reward your links if you like, if you used that feature.
As Jay said in a StackOverflow blog post, "people will do anything for fake internet points", and also the mentioned badges are such "achievements". Well, kidding, it's about helping people, ...
I've been thinking about this proposal for a while. At first glance, I like it, but I'm not quite sure what the purpose of the badge would be. All of the badges we've introduced recently have been intended to send a message. Mostly, those messages are along the lines of encouraging some kind of positive behavior that we want to see more of.
I guess you ...
You can just copy the link of the question title
This is similar to copying the link directly from the browser hyperlink bar.
This option includes the question title in the URL, with the format
http://*.stackexchange.com/<post type>/<post id>/<post title>
and is void of any reference to you personally.
Believe me, the Great Big Orange Banner was infinitely more annoying.
 As a mathematician, I'm officially sanctioned one hyperbole per day. This was not it.
 And I'm prohibited Bad Puns. Tough.
Well, it looks like the old mathmode badges have been revoked and new math-mode badges have been awarded; see e.g. egreg's profile, who interestingly even got his gold badge before the silver one, which again he got before the bronze one. Sorry about the lost date information.
I think I'll put a question on meta.so to document this behavior, once the ...
While I totally acknowledge that truncating the user info card is not optimal, we have to adapt it to many different designs.
It is a common assumption in our design that this card has a fixed width: hence, the overflow: hidden.