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BadgeGen is (originally) a GSAK macro created by Kyle (I don't know his last name). It is implemented by Project-GC.
BadgeGen is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) licence. You can read about it on the link. The important part is the "NoDerivs" part:
NoDerivatives — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material.
This means that if Project-GC removes a badge, that would constitute a transformation of the original material which would violate the licence. It could, of course, be done with (explicit written) permission of the creator but it would take that to do it without violating the licence.
I don't see the point of decommissioning these badges. Not everybody started their geocaching career after 2010 and I don't see why they should be denied the badges if they qualify.
Unless they ever bring back the The Lost & Found, I will never get it. But saying that, I have no issue recognizing those that was able to get it.
it is precisely the idea not to deprive the old players of their assets but rather to find bridges to allow the recent arrivals to be able to have the same pleasures ... it is very sad that it seems blocked !
traduit de français par google translate
c'est justement l'idée de ne pas priver les vieux joueurs de leurs acquis mais plutot de trouver des passerelles pour permettre aux derniers arrivant de pouvoir avoir les mémes plaisirs ... c'est bien navrant que cela semble bloqué !