This is an interesting blogpost about gamification. One of the creators of the Discourse forum (which is what Tomnod uses) wrote the blogpost.
I’ve never been much interested in badges, etc. But, I’m also not much into video gaming. When I do play online, the game needs to be pretty straightforward: “do this-- get that”. If it is not in “plain English” or obvious, I’ll rarely come back to that game. So things need to be intuitive for me, with BIG bread crumbs or SIGNS. Blinking signs would bother me, but things like this I can understand–
Feed your baby NOW!
Collect 10 vipers.
Get your Free Gift — love those!
So, the Badges are supposed to be a bit like games, with a visible goal to achieve and a way to achieve them. But like @EmeraldEyes said, on some badges, even the Regulars missed the bread crumbs. This tutorial thing was more like having ONE Easter Egg in a popular movie, and only if you are in the “insider loop” would you know what the Egg was about.
But hey, I grew up on Nancy Drew mystery books, and Easter only happened once a year! Give me a clear cut mystery, and I’ll solve it. Just don’t make it like “Clue” (No, it was Colonel Mustard with the Lead Pipe in the Conservatory! ), or I’ll turn bleary-eyed and walk right by Col Mustard every time.
All this brings me to the point of my post (finally, huh?).
When Mel started, one message I sent her was about revamping our Badges. Like, the 100, 300, and 1,000 goals seem way, way too high. Even the 25 likes/post will be tough for us to do, unless we campaign for more people to come to the Forum! (hint, hint ) No? Yeah, that might be hard for us to recruit folks. However, Tn has hundreds of looks on some threads We’d love to see you’all post in the Forum.
If we could persuade Mel to change those high number badges, what kind of badges could we suggest to her to wave her magic Admin powers and write them up?
Are there other badges that you think would be nice to have?
How many badges are too many?
Will you hate it if you achieve all existing badges and have nothing else awaiting you?
Just how important is this badges thing to you in the Forum?
Would appreciate your input.