How on earth is anyone ever going to get this badge?

Stellar Question

Question favorited by 100 users. This badge can be awarded multiple times.

On StackOverflow there have been 4.3k Stellar Question badges awarded.

Why none on SciFi?

  • 4
    Because there are lots more users on Stack Overflow.
    – Valorum
    Oct 23, 2016 at 10:57
  • Progress toward Stellar
    – Valorum
    Oct 23, 2016 at 10:57
  • Holy crap, most of those are Harry potter questions.
    – KyloRen
    Oct 23, 2016 at 11:01

3 Answers 3


There are two factors at play here

  1. Number of users. As mentioned in Valorum’s answer, Stack Overflow has a hundred times as many users as we do.
  2. Usefulness of answers. On a site like Stackoverflow or Mathematics, you might need to go back and reference an answer multiple times for homework, coding, and so forth—or because you think it’s cool (or because you want to put a bounty on it, etc). On Science Fiction and Fantasy, you mainly only star it because you think it’s cool. This might help explain why Academia, with fewer users, for example, has two stellar question badges awarded. Similarly, Raspberry Pi is notably smaller, but two questions there have at least 100 stars— since many people need reminding on how to back up their Raspberry Pi.

Someone will eventually get the badge here, as the stars accumulate, but it might take while.

  • Honestly, why are they trying to use the same formula for every spin off site on Stack?
    – KyloRen
    Oct 23, 2016 at 11:23
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    There's also the fact that on Raspberry Pi:SE everyone owns a Pi whereas on SFF:SE, not everyone is into Star Trek, etc.
    – Valorum
    Oct 23, 2016 at 12:31
  • @Valorum - Sure. That’s another factor contributing to our relative uselessness: fragmentation.
    – Adamant
    Oct 23, 2016 at 12:33
  • Apparently, though, there are quite a few people who find answers about some series of nonsense films inordinately useful. I can't imagine why,
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Oct 23, 2016 at 23:21
  • @Randal’Thor - That’s one of the more-starred answers, I imagine, because it’s useful to people who haven’t watched the Star Wars films and want the list on hand. The number of views can’t hurt, either.
    – Adamant
    Oct 24, 2016 at 0:10
  • @Valorum lol, nice point. Oct 24, 2016 at 7:07

I'd suggest it's mostly down to the size of the user-base

Stack Overflow = 5.9m users.
SFF:SE = 40k users

It's also the reason why it's possible for a question to have 15,000 upvotes and over 7000 favourites (with an answer that has 22,000 upvotes).


We have one now.

What order should Asimov's Foundation series be read in? reached 100 users who favorited it in April of last year.

  • That post has gotten 5 gold badges if I remember correctly.
    – TheLethalCarrot Mod
    May 21, 2019 at 13:36
  • Worthy noting that this was largely down to a campaign to engineer a stellar question rather than it just picking up all of these votes organically.
    – Valorum
    May 21, 2019 at 13:39

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