A while ago, we posted an Update about Badges
, a thread in which I explained that we were working on improving the process of assigning badges and that we have been testing a new program that would automate it all. I can tell you it hasn’t been a straight path. We’ve been through bends and dangerous curves, woke up at night screaming about quizzes and saw badges you’ve never dreamt of*. But, we survived it all, beat the dragons, overcame all difficulties and now we’re happy to announce that we’ve been running the program successfully pretty much on a daily basis.
‘Yeah that's all ok, but why on earth would I want to hear about this?’. You may wonder. Good question.
What’s in it for you then?
- Assigning badges is now an automated process up to the Gold level. Each time we run the program, it extracts your quiz results straight from the database, meaning that it will update your badge automatically. We aim to run the programme on a daily basis, though occasionally it might take a bit longer over the weekend, depending on the availability of Educators.
- In order to obtain a Gold level 1 badge you will still need to go through the ‘mystery shopping process’, which is performed manually by us. We might need to wait a couple of years before computers will be able to do that
- Once you’ve been through the mystery shopping process and been awarded the world-renowned, prestigious Gold level 1 badge, then all further Gold badges that you earn will be awarded to you automatically, after passing the corresponding quizzes. Because you deserve it
PMs congratulating you on your new badge. We’ve implemented this feature thanks to one of your fantastic Ideas . Each time you complete a quiz and are awarded a badge, you will get a PM from one of us informing you about this.
Personalised reports. Feeling lost in time and space? Not sure where your place in the world is? Send us a PM and we’ll respond with a report of your quiz results, so at least you know where you stand when it comes to quizzes.
Opt out options: Simply send a PM to one of the Eds if you want to opt out from any of the automated options:
I don’t want my badge displayed Sure, it’s up to you. We won't display your badges if you don't want. However they will still be assigned invisibly, should you wish to display them in future.
I don’t want PMs informing me I’ve passed a quiz. No worries, just let us know and we won’t disturb you with updates when you’re on a badge awarding spree.
What happens if you have a special badge?
Well in that case you keep the special badge for as long as you want to, whether you decide to pass any other quizzes or forever forget about them.
Of course, as with any piece of software, there may be occasional bugs and although it's now good enough to go on a mission to Mars, a tweak here or there might be sometimes needed. So, if you do notice anything that doesn't seem quite right when it comes to badges, please let us know. You know who to call
Thanks for your cooperation guys and have fun doing quizzes.
All the best,
*Nah, it wasn’t as dramatic really.