I was wondering if it is the practice to compensate a user for a glitch in your system that penalized them. Namely, if Stack Exchange had a glitch which caused some of my awards to disappear, should they fix the glitch and add those awards back to my account? I would think so but I am getting a fairly large number of disagreements on MetaStackOverflow to my Question Here: http://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/167523/glitch-where-did-my-gold-badge-go#comment492656_167523
closed as off topic by Dennis, Joseph Weissman♦ Feb 14 '13 at 5:58
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Why would you link to my comment?
I didn't say they wouldn't give it back to you, I explained Animuson's comment regarding that he has never heard of an award being given manually.
You are avoiding the real-world cost/ROI equation for something that has zero intrinsic value.
Would it be nice to have your badge back? Sure. Is it worth it? Different question, and different people will answer it differently. We understand your answer. You'll have to wait for their answer, and no answer is an answer–but you're assuming short turnaround on something that isn't of critical importance.
Ethical actions have trade-offs: it sucks to kill, but would you to save a room of kids? Where do you draw the line between the action and the action's cost to you, and to others? Let's say it took an SE employee an hour to fix your badge issue: is your worthless gold badge worth $50? $100? $150? To who? To you? To SE?
Is it worth the cost of sounding like you're whining across multiple sites, posts, and comments? Who pays that cost? Not us–you do, in your public image, ephemeral as it is.