My first preference is not to see them on display at all. It feels somewhat juvenile. Not quite gold stars in primary school but more akin to those found on boy/girl scout sashes. It feels unnecessarily competitive. I had always felt the trusted/verified label was sufficient to show the level of importance to the community.
If the community does go ahead with this, I’d prefer to have the option not to have these displayed next to my name. For the same reason I don’t use academic honorifics. So yes… an option to hide them in the same way online status is hidden.
As for type of badges… never fully understood the need for a “meet up” badge. There have been many local meet-ups facilitated by the Forum which were never Forum ‘sanctioned’.