Besides gaining reputation with your questions and answers, you receive badges for being especially helpful. Badges appear on your profile page, flair, and your posts.

Question Badges

First bounty you manually awarded on another person's question
3 awarded
First bounty you manually awarded on your own question
5 awarded
Asked a well-received question on 5 separate days, and maintained a positive question record
30 awarded
First bounty you offered on another person's question
5 awarded
Question score of 10 or more
289 awarded
Asked a question with 1,000 views
314 awarded
First bounty you offered on your own question
10 awarded
Asked a question and accepted an answer
307 awarded
Asked first question with score of 1 or more
659 awarded
Asked a question with zero score, no answers, no comments, and low views for a week
9 awarded

Answer Badges

Edited and answered 1 question (both actions within 12 hours, answer score > 0)
20 awarded
Answer score of 10 or more
352 awarded
Answered more than 30 days later as first answer scoring 2 or more
48 awarded
Answered your own question with score of 3 or more
39 awarded
Answered first question with score of 1 or more
468 awarded

Participation Badges

Completed "About Me" section of user profile
1.6k awarded
Visited an election during any phase of an active election and had enough reputation to cast a vote
Left 10 comments
72 awarded
Earned at least 200 reputation (the daily maximum) in a single day
12 awarded
Followed the Area 51 proposal for this site before it entered the commitment phase
42 awarded
One post with score of 2 on meta
50 awarded
Posted 10 messages, with 1 or more starred, in chat
12 awarded

Tag Badges

You must have a total score of 100 in at least 20 non-community wiki answers to achieve this badge.
3 awarded

Moderation Badges

First flagged post
94 awarded
First rollback
5 awarded
First down vote
82 awarded
Completed at least one review task. This badge is awarded once per review type
143 awarded
Deleted own post with score of 3 or higher
4 awarded
First edit
282 awarded
Edited first post that was inactive for 6 months
30 awarded
First retag
46 awarded
Deleted own post with score of -3 or lower
3 awarded
Approved or rejected 100 suggested edits
Used 30 votes in a day
28 awarded
First up vote
988 awarded
First approved tag synonym
4 awarded
First tag wiki edit
22 awarded
Used the maximum 40 votes in a day
19 awarded

Other Badges

Visited every section of the FAQ (retired)
58 awarded
Shared a link to a question that was visited by 25 unique IP addresses
36 awarded
Read the entire tour page
177 awarded