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This is a very minor point. I'm just curious to see what the thoughts might be on this. I just "earned" a tumbleweed badge. In the past I associated badges with good things but it seems this is not always the case.

If the purpose of a badge is to inform the user about his questions then I could see the utility.

If the purpose of a badge is to contribute to the overall stickiness of stack exchange sites through a merit based reward system, I think it's less useful.

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    \$\begingroup\$ For some more discussion, see this meta.SO question, specifically about the Tumbleweed badge. \$\endgroup\$ – svick Jul 6 '12 at 8:31
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It's not bad to ask a question without any attention or at least it's not the questioner's fault. (If a question is bad it usually get downvotes and maybe it will be closed.)

I think the tumbleweed badge encourages people to not leave the site and ask other questions in the future although they don't get answer for all of their questions. I think it's a good thing.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Good point. How about a badge that looks at all the questions on the site that you haven't answered and uses AI to determine that you could have... the SLACKER badge :) \$\endgroup\$ – Aaron Anodide Jul 7 '12 at 20:40

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