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Here on this stackexchange website, I am four comments away from getting the "commentator" badge, which I really, really want. I even almost resorted to spamming comments such as "Getting a badge" or "I like my own question" just to get awarded the bronze level badge.

Are you allowed to do that?

This question relates to the achievement of all badges that are similar to the commentator badge (Ask this many questions, answer this many times, etc.).

So, can you do as I'm proposing, or would it create too much clutter on the stackexchange network? Would this get you in trouble?

And if you are allowed to do this, is there a limit?

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Posting comments that don't offer any value simply for the badge definitely isn't a good idea (and I'm sure you're not too surprised by that!).

Although the system has no way to tell whether your comment is constructive or spam, you would hypothetically be awarded the badge... but once other users notice comments like that, it's likely that they'd be flagged and deleted. Continued abuse of the system to gain badges could lead to you receiving messages from the site's moderators, or more serious action taken.

Beyond trivial badges, most require some verification and vetting from your peers (other users) in the form of votes. Creating low-quality posts just to get the badge won't work either — badges such as Curious (ask 5 questions) also specify that you must maintain a positive question record (the specifics aren't important here, but I can tell you that this would exclude posts that were voted down, deleted, etc).

Essentially: if you're just doing it for the badge, you probably shouldn't be doing it, and the system will prevent you from getting badges you shouldn't be getting. And regarding reputation: this can only be gained through actions that are vetted by other people. You only gain rep when you're upvoted, or suggest an edit and have it approved. It's difficult to game the system!

On Stack Exchange, we take great care to make sure the site maintains high quality content. I sincerely hope that you can help us to do that, and share your knowledge where you can. Posting unnecessary comments gets in the way of that — have you ever Googled something, and struggled to find the answer buried in a lot of discussion? That's what we're trying to solve here.

A few days of participation on the site should quickly allow you to write a few useful comments (and, by the way, take a read of what we use comments for here — in a nutshell, they're only for asking for clarification or suggesting a way of improving a post, e.g. if there's an error — very dissimilar to other sites that have comments, so it can be a little confusing at first). Good luck.

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    Looks like I can stop writing my own answer! – Ghanima Nov 13 '17 at 20:17
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    Thanks for answering, Aurora! – Jacobm001 Nov 13 '17 at 20:18
  • @Ghanima Please, do continue if you want; I'm certain your answer would still be valuable and a good read (plus, I know the feeling of being ninja'd!) – Aurora0001 Nov 13 '17 at 20:21
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    ... but I can't stress enough that the proposed behaviour is not acceptable. I am pretty sure that the OP will find the chance to post four (!) comments that follow the idea of comments (When should I comment? part of the helpcenter as linked in the answer.) As for questions and answers, well, if these don't follow the quality required and the rules laid out, they will be dealt with. – Ghanima Nov 13 '17 at 20:22
  • Thanks for the answer, Aurora. I'll go read dat link now. – iostreamerX Nov 14 '17 at 2:06
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In addition to Aurora's great answer, I'll add the moderator perspective.

Do not spam the site. It creates more work for the moderators and that makes us grumpy. You don't want us to be grumpy ;-)

  • No, I do not want you grumpy. – iostreamerX Nov 14 '17 at 2:07

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