Practically every action can earn a badge! From my count, there are at least 12 beginner badges. Take a look http://forum.tomnod.com/badges
(No, unfortunately, leaving cookies for the Moderators is not one of the badges.)
Read the Community Guidelines – badge!
Fill out your profile— badge!
Reply to this post (badge), and use an Emoji— get another badge! We got lots of emojis up there! (Don’t laugh at the brown 4-legged cat. Wrong color! Should be black.)
Reply to a person using @ in front of their screenname— get a badge! (If you need a name, address it to @HappyMapper – she’d love to hear you say “hey”, “hi”, “hello”, or “Whatsup?”
Ooooo— pick an old thread with 100 or more posts— such as Introductions – and dang, get that badge!
Would love to see ya.