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post #1 of 14
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Since last year we started playing around with giving out some awards to users here on the forums (wards are a little badge that shows up in your forum signature). It started with the Image of the Month Contest that started running last November. We've had some suggestions to expand the use of awards to recognize contributors who provide excellent content. Obviously these aren't meant to be taken too seriously, but they're a fun way to recognize contributions made by the community. Starting this month we're going to start handing out a few more awards either at specific times or month by month. 

 

 

This badge will continue for the image of the month contest. The winner gets to keep the badge for a year. 

 

This is the badge for the guess who will open first contest. The winner keeps the badge for the season. 

 

 

 

User with the highest rated (most thumbed up) post at the end of each month. This will be slightly subjective; comments that are just images (like image of the month contest) and such will not qualify; the post should be helpful or insightful about skiing rather than about general discussion topics. This badge will last for a year; in the case the winner already has won in the previous year it will be given to the second place person for the month.  

 

 

This badge will be for anyone who makes a trip report thread or posts a trip report as a post within a thread that receive 5 or more thumbs up. This is a life time badge. 

 

 

 

This badge will go to whomever starts the thread that is the most active through the month. Like the Exceptionally Helpful Poster badge I will use my discretion with this one, for example it won't go to who started the roll call thread for the gathering or something like that; it has to be an actual discussion. This badge will last for a year; in the case the winner already has won in the previous year it will be given to the second place person for the month. 

 

 

 

Now I realize some people think this is cool, others are indifferent, and some people aren't a fan of awards, but please keep in mind this is meant to be fun and light-hearted. Any suggestions for future awards or how to fine tune this are welcomed. 

post #2 of 14
Thread Starter 

Congrats to @oldgoat and @Tim Hodgson winners of the inaugural Exceptionally Helpful Poster and Discussion Starter badges. 

post #3 of 14
Srsly? In Europe most people grow out of achievement badges by the time they go to big school.
Edited by fatbob - 9/30/16 at 1:53pm
post #4 of 14
I'm kind of thinking, the feedback score is not allowed, but all these other things are? Seems inconsistent.
post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

I'm kind of thinking, the feedback score is not allowed, but all these other things are? Seems inconsistent.

 

The only reason that feedback isn't public is because of a small number of vocal members who complained about it being a popularity contest; I think it should be public as did pretty much the entirety of the moderation team when we made the decision, but for the sake of the complainers we pulled it. These awards are meant to recognize the best content, rather than provide some type of comparison between members so it's not inconsistent. 

post #6 of 14

this doesn't seem desperate at all...

post #7 of 14
I think those who don't win an award should have a "P" next to their avatar to show that they participated. It's not fair to make people compete and then have winners and losers.😀
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by MrGolfAnalogy View Post

I think those who don't win an award should have a "P" next to their avatar to show that they participated. It's not fair to make people compete and then have winners and losers.😀


It's not possible not to participate?  Uh-oh...

post #9 of 14

 

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Originally Posted by tylrwnzl View Post
 

The only reason that feedback isn't public is because of a small number of vocal members who complained about it being a popularity contest; I think it should be public as did pretty much the entirety of the moderation team when we made the decision, but for the sake of the complainers we pulled it. These awards are meant to recognize the best content, rather than provide some type of comparison between members so it's not inconsistent. 

 

Very dismissive description of a vocal group with very reasoned objections to a change to the software, and it was number of people who felt this way. You should show more respect for people who disagree with you. 

 

 

So call people complainers, but give others awards.

 

Nice.

post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 

Apparently I didn't repeat this is meant to be fun don't take this too seriously in the first post enough. 

post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by Whiteroom View Post

this doesn't seem desperate at all...

 

I'm having trouble figuring out what's "desperate" about it. It's a silly little badge that might be fun for a few people to get. I don't think anyone would think it could have enough meaning or importance to qualify as desperate (although I'm not sure what issue it would be "desperately" addressing either).

 

And snow sharks are better!

 

post #12 of 14

This is a great idea!  No pictures of sharks from us (yet)..

post #13 of 14
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Congrats to @Jim. (Exceptionally Helpful poster) and @lakespapa (Discussion starter) our badge earners for October. We also added @Mattadvproject as our first Epic Trip Report badge holder. 

post #14 of 14
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Congrats to @MrGolfAnalogy (Discussion Starter) and @HeluvaSkier (Exceptionally Helpful Poster) our badge earners for November. We also awarded a Discussion Starter badge to @disasterskier and a Trip Reporter badge to @Freeride

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