This is not a high-powered analysis, but it was suggested I share it here.
I was curious about the fact that black seer requires 5000 discovered portals, though platinum seer only requires 500. This 10x multiple seems insane.
I also think it's obvious that progress through badge levels should not be linear. It shouldn't be 1000 for bronze, 2000 for silver, 3000 for gold, 4000 for platinum and 5000 for onyx (for anything--not just seer). That sets the inital entry barrier too high, and doesn't ramp up the challenge as we theoretically get better. And Niantic clearly thinks the same thing. But the growth required for each badge is not geometric, either.
I didn't want to chart the increment because the different badges are on different scales. You need 60 incremental days to get black guardian, but 15 million incremental XM get black recharger. That won't graph in any useful, comparable way.
I decided I wanted to know what the multiples were to get from each level to the next. The chart below shows exactly that. Multiples normalize across different scales, which really helps you see the incremental effort required for each badge level in relation to what is required for other badges.
The fact that it takes 10x the new portals to get onyx than it took to get platinum not only seems insane; it's completely out of step with the rest of the badges.
It's theoretically easier, not necessarily from an absolute value sense, but from a perceived incremental effort sense, to get onyx hacker or builder than the others. Of course, depending on how you like to play, your mileage may vary.
I excluded the multiple required to go from bronze to silver because it's all over the map. I assume this is because they make the bronze badges really easy to get to hook you into the badge program with a little dopamine rush. Then they just set silver levels at whatever they determined was the appropriate level of effort. #chartingtheobvious #Ingress #ingressstats