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Isherwood  ·  611 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: If someone gives you a badge, can you then give it away?

Wait, so I got one, which put me up to four, then I gave one, but I still have four?

kleinbl00  ·  611 days ago  ·  link  ·  

You wear badges, you don't pawn them.

This is why I look like a central African despot rather than being rich.

Isherwood  ·  611 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Well now I wish badges actually worked like a currency. It would be interesting to see how they move about the site

kleinbl00  ·  611 days ago  ·  link  ·  

But it would send the wrong message. The point of a badge is to increase the recognition of something particularly noteworthy. I badge things that I think are worth more than merely sharing. I badge things that are going to be with me for a day or two. I badge things that I want more people to see, to discuss, to talk about.

(people badge me because they don't understand it's already been done way the fuck too much)

And that recognition is something you earn the right to grant, by demonstrating your own ability to create or share noteworthy content. Your insight earns you badges, or your ability to find thought-provoking content on the web. Badges shouldn't move, they should proliferate... but not too fast, or else they cease to be special.

See, this thread currently has too many badges. It looks like something spectacular, when in fact it isn't. I mean, it's certainly a useful discussion, but none of us are going to be pondering it tomorrow. On the other hand -

Isherwood  ·  611 days ago  ·  link  ·  

That's fair, but I still think badges as a currency could perform the function you speak of. Just like there's nothing stopping me from badging useless posts, I don't think badges as currency inherently creates bad use

kleinbl00  ·  611 days ago  ·  link  ·  

So as it is, I earn a badge, I give it to your content, your content has been badged (which is different than having a badge to give) and everyone can see that badged content.

Under your system, I earn a badge, I give it to your content, you give it to something else, and the content I badged is no longer badged.

In order to use the badge the way you want to, you're effectively negating my opinion on your content. You're saying "this is no longer noteworthy because this other thing is more noteworthy."

Isherwood  ·  611 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Though I am really intrigued by the idea of visualizing social currency now.

Isherwood  ·  611 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Ahhhh, yes. I didn't think through what would happen to the badge.

OftenBen  ·  611 days ago  ·  link  ·  

You don't get to give away badges that your content has been given.

Isherwood  ·  611 days ago  ·  link  ·  

So the thing that says I have 4 badges isn't telling me I have four to give away?

I'm always really hesitant to badge people because I thought I only had 3 and didn't want to waste them.

Devac  ·  611 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Badges received from others and the badges you earned by persisted posts and comments are in different counters. One does not influence the other.

It's like a gift to put on your mantle piece, man. You don't just give your recognition away. ;)