I asked this question on Meta Stack Overflow: Make Badge Width Consistent
I thought it was a shoo-in, but it got downvoted a lot more than I expected (currently stands at +3/-15 for those unable to see vote count breakdown), so I'd like to see what the good folks on GDSE think.
Which looks better?
On the left are the current badges. On the right, badges are all equal width (
One possible explanation for the disagreement came from user Adel:
I think you see the badge as an image. But I see it as just text.
I think that's very astute. Despite my reputation on Stack Overflow, I'm decidedly not a programmer. I'm a VFX supervisor who spends a fair amount of downtime at work developing tools, but my bread and butter is VFX.
So, I see the badges as images, and so want them consistent. As text, I understand why a tighter boundary makes more sense.
What does the Graphic Design Stack Exchange community feel looks best? Should width be consistent, or is it better as is?