I was looking through badges, and I've noticed that those three actually have a really high threshold to be reached in order to be awarded (compared to the difficulty of the task itself), proven by the fact that only 391 users have been awarded Mortarboard, only 5 have been awarded Epic and none has ever been awared Legendary. Perhaps an escalation along the lines of Popular Question / Notable Question / Famous Question like 1 (Mortarboard) - 25 (Epic) - 100 (Legenday) would fit better?

Leaderboard here!

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No, I don't think they are too high. Each SE site has its own voting culture, and it's been noted time and again that we don't vote much - we vote less than, for example, Unix & Linux. We have only two 100k users, U&L have two of those and one 200k user. They also have awarded the Legendary badge thrice. Yet we best them on all but one of the traffic stats. We are just a tough community.


The Legendary badge is there to be hard to get. Epic was not that hard to get :)

"and none has ever been awared Legendary"

One of us soon will reach it. I am not that one by the way since I am on 76/150 (in case anyone wonders how to find out: see https://askubuntu.com/reputation at the bottom).

Quality over quantity :D

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    @%#%#£@ I'm only on 30.
    – muru
    Commented Apr 13, 2015 at 6:57
  • Well, 2 here (!), anyway I agree that the legendary badge should be very hard to get, I was just surprised that with the high number of really fine posts posted by the top users none of them could be able to get it yet. I posted a Data.SE query to check the Ask Ubuntu leaderboard for this badge if someone wants to check it out
    – kos
    Commented Apr 13, 2015 at 7:34

And I'm the only one with a Reversal badge though it'll take me another 10 years for a Legendary badge... :-(

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    Yeah, that one's also tough to get. Upvoted that answer further tough!
    – kos
    Commented Apr 13, 2015 at 14:46

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