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Posted on Wed Oct 10, 2012 4:58 am
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In order to support David Austin's burgeoning award collection, I've had to re-evaluate the way we display user badges Smile

As I went through and did that, I realized that just showing the number of user submissions MAY not be enough Razz
So I also gave each user badges for the amount of submissions in each area.
(It didn't hurt that I was knee deep in the Article Submission code when this idea struck me.)

There are now:
Gallery Theme Contest Badges
Article Submission Badges (Gold, Silver & Bronze)
Gallery Submission Badges (Gold, Silver & Bronze)
Weave Submission Badge (Just the one, it is NOT a race people...)

In the future, this will allow us to give out other badges for other things, without needing to completely re-write the code that handles badges, as it is now all database automated Smile

The nice pretty "fullsize" Theme Contest Badges will continue to show in your User Profile, but the ones in the forum will soon change to the newer "Micro" badges.

How the submission thingy works:
When a submission of yours is approved, the site will "check" your badges.
Let's say you submit your FIRST gallery image. The site will check, notice that you haven't submitted a gallery image yet, and give you the "Bronze Gallery Submitter" badge.
If you submit your Xth Gallery Image (I'm keeping the numbers secret, to prevent people from batch uploading to try and get a "better" badge) the site will notice, and give you the "Silver" or "Gold" version of that badge.

These badges are designed for prestige, a little... I mean, it'll be nice to say "Hey, I'm a GOLD Article Submitter!!" but they're also going to be helpful... Because to BECOME that Gold Article Submitter, you have to help all your fellow maillers by submitting useful articles and/or maille examples to your gallery.

As for Gallery Theme Contest Badges, I'm sure you can figure out how to get them Smile

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As of right now, they are all set to not show (except Theme Contest Badges)... And when they go live on the site, if you adjust nothing, you'll notice no change Smile
If, however, you'd like to show off any badges you may have already been granted, you can edit this in your MyMAIL... Right underneath your forum avatar.
(Don't expect them to show immediately... The change will happen in a few days.)

I'll be playing around with how many the site will display, but I suspect at least 5 or 6 should fit.
This is part of a larger "Avatar Display" overhaul that will eventually make the forums and the rest of the site much more cohesive.

Any questions, hit me up!



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Posted on Wed Oct 10, 2012 1:53 pm
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Neat! I'ma change mine to show, so huuurrrrrrrrryyyyyyyy. Razz


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Posted on Wed Oct 10, 2012 2:00 pm
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*raises hand* Ummm, stoopid question?
I just checked all the boxes... will only the ones I have show up or will it show everything and blow the site up?

<---has been known to blow the site up...


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Posted on Wed Oct 10, 2012 5:48 pm
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lorraine wrote:
*raises hand* Ummm, stoopid question?
I just checked all the boxes... will only the ones I have show up or will it show everything and blow the site up?

<---has been known to blow the site up...


You can only see (and check) the ones you have.



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Posted on Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:28 am
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Sure, give them all badges. But never forget. I'm the sheriff 'round these parts. Coif Cool Smiley


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Posted on Thu Oct 11, 2012 5:20 pm
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I think this is a great idea DL! Not only will it "clean things up", but it also encourages people to participate and enhance the community.


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Chainmailbasket_com wrote:
Sure, give them all badges. But never forget. I'm the sheriff 'round these parts. Coif Cool Smiley


Note to self, come up with a "Sherrif" badge. Coif LoL



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Daemon_Lotos wrote:
Chainmailbasket_com wrote:
Sure, give them all badges. But never forget. I'm the sheriff 'round these parts. Coif Cool Smiley


Note to self, come up with a "Sherrif" badge. Coif LoL

Git a rope.


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Posted on Fri Oct 12, 2012 1:08 am
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why are we handing out badgers?

most people can barely take care of cats and dogs.
or, in lorraines case, cats and cats and cats.

i wonder if badgers could take care of cats.. Confused


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Posted on Fri Oct 12, 2012 2:32 am
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Note to self: DO NOT let chao play with the cats.


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Posted on Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:51 am
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Badgers? We don't need no stinking badgers!


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Posted on Fri Oct 12, 2012 8:37 am
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sakredchao wrote:
why are we handing out badgers?

most people can barely take care of cats and dogs.
or, in lorraines case, cats and cats and cats.

i wonder if badgers could take care of cats.. Confused



"take care of"? Oh yeah, they'd probably do just that.


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Posted on Thu Oct 18, 2012 8:12 pm
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I was gonna say "Badges? We don't need no stinkin' badges!" But then I read that Blaise (kinda) beat me to it. Razz

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Posted on Thu Dec 13, 2012 3:55 am
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Oh, uh, yeah... These are sort of live now Wink

Still some tweaking to do, but Merry Christmas, you can now all proudly display little coloured icons under your Avatar Very Happy (Provided, that is, you have submitted a Gallery Image/Article/Weave and had it approved.)

(I'll eventually be implementing code to limit the number of badges and to "condense" the series ones, so if you have Gold, Silver & Bronze in one category, the Gold is the only one that shows up.... But for now, enjoy multiplicity.)

Coif LoL

If anyone feels they should have a badge that they do not, drop me a PM or post in this thread, and I'll look into it.

DL <-- Needs more sleep.



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Posted on Thu Dec 13, 2012 1:26 pm
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Sleep? Sleep is for the weak! Now get back to work! Very Happy

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