Is there a way to hide/turn off the badge functionality?
I am guessing there might be a variable for settings like BADGES_ON, thanks!
You can completely hide it using the following option in askbot settings panel
Open page: settings > Reputation, Badges, Votes & Flags > Karma & Badge visibility
Now you should viewing a page with two option
there is an issue here BTW, when you select "Hide completely" for visibility of badges and save your new settings, it's will hide also the karma points from UserToolsNav
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