What if admins could grant a badge that in turn would grant the receiver the ability to award other users one or more specific badges? The idea came to me when reading about the Translator Badge and how the Transifex API isn’t sufficient to automate this.
One prominent translator of each language is given the “Language Maintainer” badge. This gives them the ability to grant other users the “Translator” badge.
A game development community would have many different sub-leaders with their own sub-communities of team-mates, contributors and fans. They could make great use of an ability like this, to an extent which an automated system never could.
This badge could also be retractable, meaning an admin could revoke the badge and give it to a new user, passing on the torch.