Thanks mikeandike! You're right, OurNation, they've gone through a few incarnations over the past day. :)
I actually don't want to post them on the public profile because the idea is for only the badge owner to get their certificate. :) In addition, everything displayed on the certificate is shown in the profile anyways ;)
I do hope you guys like the current design ... please let me know if you have any ideas or suggestions for them :)
A few people have asked me about putting the image in their signature, but unfortunately, there are a few problems in doing that. The first is that after much deliberation, the moderator team has decided that the benefits of images in signatures simply don't outweigh their problems. There is a thread about in the building a community forum.
Now ... you may suggest allowing JUST your badge in your signature. Aside from all of the extra bandwidth that would consume, it would seem redundant. Everything that a badge contains is already displayed next to your posts. Therefore, all that would happen would be extra overhead from having your avatar being downloaded twice, with no extra information / content being gained.
If you're just itching to display your badge to the world, and you haven't a webpage of your own, for now you can blog about it and show it inline in your blog entry :)
Perhaps in the future I may come up with an idea such as a spot on the homepage that shows a random "badge of the day" or something along those lines ... who knows. I'll have to think about it more. Right now I'm just working on squashing any bugs in the badge and making sure they work for everyone and the design is just the way I want.