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I was looking at the list of badges, and noticed a few were retired, and then I noticed a couple that appear impossible to get but are not.

The 'Precognitive' and 'Beta' badges are not retired, but I am assuming that the proposal and beta periods have long since passed by, making it impossible to get them.

should they be listed as retired?

  • Badges for acknowledged, aging experts who are slowly becoming less active should be honored with Retiring badges. How would it work? Some function of age, reputation, and last year's rep, I think, along with some suitable constants. BTW, is there a flag for "good answer, to a different question"? – Martin F Jan 21 '14 at 21:30
  • @martin f Yes, there is such a flag and several people activated it to point out your reply fits the bill :-). That's why I converted it to a comment. – whuber Jan 28 '14 at 3:47
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Badges are an SE-wide feature. Although it is no longer possible for anyone here on GIS to earn a Precognitive or Beta badge, it continues to be possible to earn them on emerging sites. Therefore they cannot be retired.

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