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#1
The badges are a nice way to create a sense of achievement, which is good. I just feel like some badges are unnecessarily hard to obtain, while others are easy and obtainable almost immediately. I'd suggest a middle point, though I'll give more specific examples.


AMA badges:

Getting asked 500 questions in one's AMA requires people to ask 500 questions. It's hard unless you're very popular or people keep asking easy questions. I propose a midway where for 200 questions you get a 1-point badge and for 500 you get the 2-point badge.

Meanwhile, you only need to ask 100 questions for that other badge. And generally asking questions is easier than answering them (and generally getting peoole to ask you). So I propose to keep that badge for 1 point but to add a second badge for 300 questions which would be worth 2 points.


Literature badges:

It's funny how no one has earned these badges yet. 3 conpleted works on the library take effort. Meanwhile, you see the requirements for artistic badges is like 'create a portfolio' or 'have a shop open for a month'. I mean I know there are more artistic people than writers, but that's even more reason to lower the requirements a bit?

I propose:
1-point badge for one finished work that has more than five written posts (so for example if someone does a top 10 something) or for three that only consist of one post (though I haven't seen something like that being done ?)

2-point badge for three conpleted works.

Others can give their suggestions or give an opinion of mine.
 

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#2
I've actually been looking at badges a little bit lately and agree that some of them are unnecessarily hard to get. There's a difference between hard to get and nearly impossible to obtain, and I think that we need to think about the state of the site when deciding what the requirements for some of these badges are. For instance, without us ever having regular art contests winning 10 of them is an insane requirement for a badge. Even entering 10 of them would be a bit of a stretch right now.

Here's the ones I think we should look at/change:
Budding Writer: Change the requirement to be one completed work instead of three. As long as it's quality work and not some super short single poem or something I think this would be fine, especially considering the activity levels in the library right now.

Prompt prodigy: Change this to five prompts instead of ten. Ten takes literally ten months to complete, which is insane for a single badge. Maybe we could tier this one up and have them be one/three/seven or something but I don't think that ten months is realistic for a single badge.

Royal Ribbon: Change this to be three instead of five to reflect how many contests we regularly have.

Gorgeous Royal Ribbon: Change this to be five instead of ten to reflect how many contests we regularly have.

Club Member/Regular/Extreme Clubber: I feel like the scaling on these is too big, maybe doing 50/250/500 could work better?

Team Builder: Change this from ten to three, because right now even posting one RMT thread would be an accomplishment and ten is just plain unrealistic.

Team Rater: Change this from fifteen to five for the same reason as Team Builder.

Playthrough Regular: Change this to three because these will only be happening every once in a while now and completing five of them could easily take over a year now.

Playthrough Master: Change this to be five for the same reason as Playthrough Regular.

Trader/Frequent Trader/Trading Master: Considering the inactivity of the trading forum, I'd decrease these to 50/100/250, and maybe even consider scrapping/replacing them with something else.

I Love Questions: Add more tiers that go up to 250/500 questions.

Lord Helix: Add smaller tiers that go to 100/250 questions.

Greeter badges: Honestly I'd say scrap these entirely, I feel like they encourage people to make short/generic welcoming posts just to get the badges, which isn't something I think is good for the site. That's just my opinion though so if people wanna keep them we can :P
I also think adding new badges would be fun but don't have any ideas right now, so if anyone else has some thoughts please bring them up :D
 
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Budding Writer: Agreed.
Prompt Prodigy: well, you can do more than one prompt per month, but agree too.
I love questions + Lord Helix: definitely agree. I think AMAs are very fun to do, asking and answering questions, so it shouldn't be too hard to do.
Greeter badge: I don't really mind this one, but I completely see your point.
New badges: if people want to there could be badges for different non-staff events. Like SG's Nuzlocke games if he wants to make more. Or that one chess tourney we had if we ever do more. For now, though, I don't really think there's a need if people just do those for fun. Not everything has to have a badge, after all ^-^
 
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Can I have an update please? Is this being looked into or was it put on hold due to not much discussion? Or are things just staying the way they are? Don't need an immediate reply, though, but I would just like to know where this stands.
 

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#6
I've been meaning to respond to this, but it's kept slipping my mind. I agree with the changes that Bubba proposed for the badges since we're starting on a new platform and no longer have, for example, monthly art contests.

For the ideas about event badges for things, I've been thinking of how we kind of have a "badge bloat" from a bunch of events that we may or may not even see again. What do you guys think of scrapping specific event winner badges and having a badge that can be given out for any kind of approved event? So basically merging every event-winner badge into the Gorgeous Ribbon line. The events that would count toward this badge would just need to have to be the types that qualify for being featured on our event page: community-oriented and of good quality.
 
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@Thundawave
You mean the Gorgeous Ribbon for any event-winner or something similar to it for any winner? Could there be a bit more diversification, though? Like one for art/creative competitions and maybe another for Pokemon-related competitions? If not, then I'm completely fine with merging all into one, to be honest. It just feels like maybe people could have more than just one of these.

Thank you for the answer, Regine.
 

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#8
The Gorgeous Royal Ribbon badge is already set to be given out for winning a certain number of art contests. If we were to have it be split into earning the badges for different sorts of events, I think that would put us right back where we are now. Of course, having the badges encompass all forum events would be a good number, you're right. Perhaps we could just make additional tiers within that "family" of badges, so that people could eventually be recognized if they rack up a large number of event wins across many areas.
 

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Could have a situation like Smogon does if we can take away badges. Have a badge showing someone as the most recent winner of a certain type of event and one showing that they were a past winner. This way, someone will receive a reward for being the winner of an event (kind of like the situation with smash camp) and have it be unique, but also not clogging up the badges with too much stuff only one person has.
 
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@Typhlosion All right, that makes perfect Sense and I agree. Thank you for the answer.
@Varhii could work, but I don't think taking away a badge for not being the recent winner anymore would be very nice. I think if people wanted to, maybe they themselves could list what events they have won ^^ either way, thanks for taking an interest in this thread
 

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#11
Could have a situation like Smogon does if we can take away badges. Have a badge showing someone as the most recent winner of a certain type of event and one showing that they were a past winner. This way, someone will receive a reward for being the winner of an event (kind of like the situation with smash camp) and have it be unique, but also not clogging up the badges with too much stuff only one person has.
If we were to do this, I think a little banner (like the cabin 2 ones) would make the most sense instead of doing it via badges. Taking away a badge is clunky and doesn't make a lot of sense for Marripoints.
 

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@seaturtle That is true. Basically what I'm conceptualizing is some sort of reward on the site you can see whether it be attacked to your badges, on your profile, your sidebar, or whatever. If we have it just be the most recent winners for a sidebar thing, I doubt that it will get clogged up anywhere near the point of annoyance.
 
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