Feedback on Discourse badges and BBS specific badges

I am working on finalizing our “badge” system leading to Discourse version 1.0 which is due at the end of the month.

As I progress you will notice more badges appear, you can see the general plan here (those badges are my first priority):

The system also allows for custom badges (that can either be manually or automatically assigned)

I was wondering, are there any BBS specific badges you would love to see here that encourage a behavior you would like to see more?

Some ideas

Bronze: (name TBD) Contributed a link that lead to a BB story
Silver: (name TBD) Contributed an article to BB

Any others?

cc @Falcor @beschizza

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Don’t Have a Cow, Man.

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How about some privilege badges? That way everybody can check everyone’s.


You know, I’m not sure, but I like both those ideas!

“Unicorn Chaser” would be a good name for contributors, since their work will generally be posted in proximity to something horrible posted by an(other) editor.

A good name for the “credited a link” one might be “Unicorn Hunter”

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perhaps a “respectfully disagree” badge, it would be hard to do/assign/track programmatically but those who are really good at disagreeing without name-calling and laying out counter evidence without shaming, (or at least keeping the balance of substance to tone at a healthy ratio…) are excellent for keeping the conversation moving. I’ve enjoyed, heart-ed and been glad for responses that do cross the line, and there are circumstances that certainly call for more of an edge, although pretty much any time its worth it to get angry enough to disrespectfully disagree, mods are close behind… in any case, it’s a tough skill, and worth recognizing and encouraging.


Achievement Unlocked : All other badges awarded


Something with bananas?


I demand a special one for me. Maybe a special snowflake.

ETA - How about a badge for like 20 submissions that never get green lit?

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Then everyone will want a special snowflake.

Perhaps a badge of contrition. In the spirit of encouraging desired behaviour, an award for those who demonstrate the courage to correct the dialogue, even when it requires temporary humility.

No conflict of interest here. Phttt! Like I’m ever going to earn that badge.


How about:
Likeable: User accumulates an average of at least 1 like per post. You must have 50 posts before this badge can be awarded.
Engaging: User’s posts are replied to on average at least once. 50 post minimum again.

However, I’m a little bit hesitant to put badges in, because they tend to encourage people to game the system or create threads specifically for grinding badges. Even well intentioned badges can be double edged swords. Reddit’s moderation system is pretty sensible sounding, but it brings out a lot of karma whores who vote up and post low effort copypasta just because they get points for it even though the points are as worthless as the points on Who’s Line.

Frankly, I’m not convinced that badges encourage good behavior anyway. Quality posters don’t need the encouragement and trolls don’t care.


Agreed, but the point of the basic badges is just to “finish the tutorial”. The basic Discourse V1 badges we are putting in now are intentionally super basic, essentially the equivalent of reading the FAQ, or playing the first level in Halo, which is a de-facto tutorial, right, even though it doesn’t say that?

The extended, longer term badges are various forms of incentivizing behavior you don’t feel you see enough, but should.

So the question should not be

Hey let’s think up some cool new badges!


Hey what kind of nice community friendly behaviors do we see here, but not often enough – and how can a badge encourage those specific behaviors?


Shouldn’t there be a steenkin’ badge that nobody needs or wants?


The Informant! - flagged 10 conversations/posts for Moderator attention.


The “All I got was this lousy” badge when you buy something from the BB shop.


How about a Navigator badge for getting a derailed discussion back OT?

Lately, it seems like a badge for not criticizing headline writing might be in order. :confused:




I’ve got that one locked up already :stuck_out_tongue:


I definitely thing @Donald_Petersen and @patrace should get a silver badge of sorts for the work on badass space dragon.

It would serve 2 things

  1. Teach people about the game
  2. Teach people that we love this kind of behavior at BBS