We have just pushed out a new feature this morning — BADGES.
I have to put this disclaimer up first — the idea is pretty much a straight copy of Badges on Stack Overflow (for the software developers amongst us, you know what I am talking about). A "Badge" is something you earned after you performed certain tasks on OzBargain (think "Achievements" for the Xbox crowds). It will be displayed on your popup and user profile page (right underneath your profile image), and the list of badges you've been awarded are also shown in your badges page (
For a list of all badge types, you can go to the Badges page. We have 11 different badges under 3 different classes at launch, but we are welcoming the community to contribute ideas on new badges that we can implement.
So for a start:
- Gold — Hardest to earn. Currently only "Deal of the Month", which is only awarded once per month, and each user can only be awarded at most once.
- Silver — A bit easier to achieve (and getting easier as the community grows). For example "Popular Deals" and "Popular Comments" that are awarded base on the number of votes you receive on your deals/comments, and you can be awarded multiple times.
- Bronze — The kind of badges that you'll eventually earn when you've been on OzBargain for long enough. For example "Contributor" for posting enough deals and "Commentator" for posting enough comments.
- Black — Currently no badges are under this class. This is the "stinky badge" that will be given to users/merchants with bad behaviour.