I have been considering attempting to get the Mortarboard badge, which requires getting 200 reputation in a single day, so I am wondering what a good strategy would be for such an attempt.
My knowledge and interest is relatively limited and focused on computer architecture, so I am unlikely to post a popular question (I did earn a Tumbleweed badge) or a good answer to a popular question. I have also only made fourteen posts, so upvotes from older posts are unlikely to contribute any reputation on any given day. This implies that preparation and timing of posting would be important factors.
My current plan includes asking and answering a question found on the comp.arch newsgroup, answering an oldish question (with several existing answers but to which I believe I can provide a better answer), converting a comment into an answer, and improving one of my existing answers. There are a few other existing computer-architecture questions that I could answer, but since they are weak questions (as evidenced by low view and vote counts and lack of answer in most cases).
(I am hoping that my answer to the comp.arch question will be not merely long but good. By providing a good answer for a mediocre [for EE.SE] question, the question is likely to receive more up votes. I also plan to link to this question in a comp.arch post, so a few more views and even an up vote or two might be attracted.)
I could probably also find some posts for which I can suggest useful edits, though at two reputation points per accepted suggestion the effort required to find posts worth editing is probably unjustified. Making more than about ten suggested edits in a day may also be a bit spammy.
Are there particular days and times of day that are especially suited to getting views and votes? I seem to recall seeing a graph for Stack Overflow showing question views peaking on Wednesday and I think there was an indication that much of the traffic came during business hours in Europe and the U.S., but EE.SE might be different. In addition, there might be a significant advantage to posting during times of low posting activity so that a broader range of viewers would see the questions on the main page, since the questions would be less generally popular.
There is also probably some tradeoff between the best time for getting views (i.e., views while it is on the main page) and the earliest in the day (so it has the most total time to accumulate votes).
Another factor in timing would be avoiding upvotes that do not increase reputation. One strategy in this regard would be to post answers in an earlier day that are likely to be accepted during the targeted day; the 15 reputation for acceptances does not count toward the 200 point daily maximum, so some margin for getting more up votes than expected. Since the one asking the question would get a notification of an answer, this would avoid the problem of the question leaving the main page. (Sadly, for my purposes, old questions are unlikely to have an answer accepted with predictable timing.)
Making several posts within an hour of each other is probably somewhat rude. Aside from the negative effect on voting, I also have some scruples.
(If I had known that my answer to "How can a CPU deliver more than one instruction per cycle?" was going to get 130 reputation—excessive up voting in my opinion—in one day and I had been prepared with other posts, I probably could have gotten the Mortarboard badge without much additional effort. Incidentally, this experience may affirm that a lower post traffic weekend may be better for getting votes. My answer was posted Saturday 2 August at 18:01, received 2 up votes and an acceptance transfer on Saturday, and 13 up votes on Sunday. The additional 2 up votes on both Monday and Tuesday seem strange.)
I realize that this is a somewhat silly quest (badges are even less valuable than reputation points), but I may not be the only one curious about how to plan a campaign for the relatively difficult to get Mortarboard badge.