I don't know about anyone else, but I don't like the new badges system. It gives credit to people who...not don't deserve it, but...deserve it less than a lot of other people. It seems strange that someone with eight thousand edits would not necessarily appear on the leaderboard. Even more twisted: the posting of this blog will earn me ten points. How messed up is that????
But wait! There may be hope yet! There is a way to remove these badges from your userpage, although not to remove the system. simply add "<div id="BadgeKill"></div>" to your userpage to remove the badges. Thank you, Joey.