I'm echoing what Bowman said above now that its a more relevant focus of the thread. Voting Abstain is functionally identical to not getting reqs / not voting at all. Giving a badge based on contributions for something that, outcome wise, is the same as not doing anything makes very little sense to me. I very much agree with just using Abstain as a convenience for TLs.I see absolutely zero reason as to why an Abstain vote should count towards TC. The badge is called Tiering Contributor, and abstaining means you contribute nothing. I guess I'm not opposed to making Abstain an option as a vote again just because it makes it easier for TLs to count who has or hasn't voted, but counting it towards TC seems ridiculous.