Is it possible to turn off forum "Badge" notifications?

I understand that the “badge” notifications are meant to nudge us into being more active. But as an educator by trade in an increasingly digital world (this last year 100% digital) and an active internet forum user since the mid 90’s the magic is lost on me. It’s nothing but an annoyance.

I don’t suppose I can get rid of them altogether. They are apparently important for the forum provider to show stats or something.

But is there some way to at least get rid of the notifications?

Try User/preferences/notifications. There you will find options including an off switch.