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I recently noticed that the badge Tumbleweed was retired. How are these decisions made?

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    $\begingroup$ There are a number of things that are decided by management and implemented globally. I was unaware of the tumbleweed change. It would seems to been part of a general stack exchange update. $\endgroup$
    – Attack68 Mod
    Mar 12, 2023 at 20:27
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    $\begingroup$ This was an interesting read. Thank you @V2Blast $\endgroup$
    – phdstudent
    Mar 30, 2023 at 23:44
  • $\begingroup$ @phdstudent: I'll actually expand that into an answer, since... it does sort of answer the question. Feel free to copy your comment there instead :) $\endgroup$
    – V2Blast
    Mar 30, 2023 at 23:49

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In general, the list of badges is identical network-wide, so changes to them (adding new ones or retiring old ones) will usually be announced on Meta Stack Exchange. Badges can only be added/removed by Stack Exchange staff.

For more information on badges, see these Q&As on MSE:


In the specific case of the Tumbleweed badge, its retirement was also announced (and explained in detail) in this post on the Stack Overflow blog: Adios to Unfriendly Badges! Ahoy, Lifejacket and Lifeboat

The blog post does a great job of explaining the original purpose of the badge, why it was retired, and the new Lifejacket and Lifeboat badges that were added to replace it.

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