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How does your community use badges?

I'm a bit of a tourist here at the moment, but seriously looking at Vanilla as a forum platform.

I've never handed out badges before, our current forum only allows a "like" and that simply goes to the person who created the topic (which always seemed a bit unfair, as often the replies were more exciting than the original post).

I'm wondering how people here might be using them.

Do members like getting them?

Has anyone hacked them to collect the lot?

Have any of you run a competition using badges?

Thanks.

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UnderDog

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  • What version of Vanilla and what are you using to host your forum? Self Hosting or vanillaforums.com hosting?

  • whu606whu606 I'm not a SuperHero; I just like wearing tights... MVP
    edited October 2013

    @YTatLE

    The 'I Like This' plugin allows likes of OP's and comments.

    There are free and pay badges/reactions solutions.

    Personally, for the kind of forum I run, I don't use anything other than 'Likes', not even titles.

    That said, I am sure there are lots of kinds of forums where getting badges/reactions etc. would be a motivational tool for encouraging posts.

    UnderDogShadowdare
  • I would go with peregrine's reactions plugins. Start slow with 'lol' and 'insightful' and then build it further on...

    You might even convert the likes to 'awesome' with a little logic

    YTatLE
  • phreakphreak Vanilla*APP (White Label) & Vanilla*Skins Shop MVP
    edited October 2013

    @businessdad has the most versatile Badges plugin for the OS version. Check it out here.

    http://dev.pathtoenlightenment.net/shop/product-category/vanilla-forums/

    • VanillaAPP | iOS & Android App for Vanilla - White label app for Vanilla Forums OS
    • VanillaSkins | Plugins, Themes, Graphics and Custom Development for Vanilla
    YTatLEUnderDog
  • YTatLEYTatLE New
    edited October 2013

    Thanks everyone.

    I can see I have a lot to discuss with the moderators. We are a small group of merry people, but really passionate about what we do. :D

    @ilovetech, I don't have a Vanilla flavoured forum, yet. This is my first foray. I'm cooking up a little plan for my current forum.

    @Shadowdare - I am looking into hosting with Vanilla. I just wish they did a not for profit discount (hint hint). :)

    @Whu606 - It's the motivational aspect I'm looking into. I must admit I got a little buzz when I saw I had been "awarded" my first badge. He he. Lots of people visit my current forum, but I want to kick them into action. I'm a fan of learning by doing.

    @Under Dog - Thanks. Nice ideas, but I'm not sure I could do that kind of tweaking with a hosted account and logic was never my strong point. ;) I kind of like "Like" because most people have learnt to understand what it means courtesy of Mr Zuckerberg et al. I heard a rumour that Vanilla spreads karma - nice. :)

    @Phreak - Thanks. I shall take a look.

    UnderDog
  • R_JR_J Ex-Fanboy Munich Moderator

    @YTatLE said:
    Do members like getting them?

    I was new to badges before I've registered here and seeing them and hardly noticed them at first. But now I think they are fun and yes, I like them. If I had a community, I would use them by any means!


    YTatLEUnderDog
  • @R_J said:
    I was new to badges before I've registered here and seeing them and hardly noticed them at first. But now I think they are fun and yes, I like them. If I had a community, I would use them by any means!

    That's the impression I'm getting RJ. I went to a presentation once on motivating students using badges, and I thought pfft, but that's purely me (and maybe I'm not actually immune). I think this gamification lark is onto something.

  • whu606whu606 I'm not a SuperHero; I just like wearing tights... MVP

    @YTatLE

    There's no doubt rewards are a great motivational tool for students.

    When I was teaching, even tough, no-nonsense kids would ask if they could have a sticker/stamp for their work.

    YTatLE
  • Thanks @Whu606. Yes, I think if I were teaching at school age, it would be a no-brainer, but I teach / help adults. So, it would be interesting to see how motivated they may be by such things. :)

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