Any reason why the career badge is pink?

I noticed it on someones profile and it sparked my curiosity.

4 Answers 4


ChrisF and Anna Lear answered why it's different, so I'm not going to repeat them.

And Jin, Stack Exchange's designer-in-residence, would be able to answer definitively as to why it's specifically pink.

But I always understood the badges to be abstractions of the Post-It Note:

Regular Badge

Yellow Post-It Notes

Tag Badge

Pink Post-It Notes

  • 4
    I never thought of that, but now you mention it it's obvious.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Commented May 5, 2011 at 20:39
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    Mark got it right. I just happened to have pink stickies on my desk when I designed the theme..
    – Jin
    Commented May 6, 2011 at 9:22

Badges awarded for upvotes received in a particular tag (such as ) have a different style to differentiate them from the other kind of badges. For example, I have a badge for the tag here on meta and it's shown in pink as well.

As for why it's pink instead of any other colour... not a clue. That's probably a question only Jin ♦ can answer. :)


It's a tag badge.

There are two kinds of badges:

  • general badges awarded for specific things

  • tag badges awarded "These badges are awarded for participating in non community-wiki questions with particular tags."

Tag badges can be revoked if you fall below the criteria.

  • "non community-wiki questions" So what if you acquire 50 votes for a question before it goes wiki. Do those prior wiki votes count, or are they all dismissed once it turns wiki?
    – JD Isaacks
    Commented May 5, 2011 at 20:39
  • @John - I think votes acquired before a question/answer goes CW still count, but I could be wrong.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Commented May 5, 2011 at 20:41

I believe that's because it's a badge for a tag (ie. they received 100 upvotes in that tag). It's not the same as a "Nice Answer" badge.

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