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Badges: What happens when switching from bootstrap mode to a normal one?


I recently discovered/realized something regarding switching from bootstrap mode to a normal one and I would like to share it with you. I am not sure if this is the expected behavior or not, but still need your opinion.

In live settings you can find the following:

Activate a "Bootstrap" mode Bootstrap mode lowers reputation and certain badge thresholds, to values, more suitable for the smaller communities, WARNING: your current values for Minimum reputation, Badge Settings and Vote Rules will be changed after you modify this setting.

Having this in mind, I realized that for certain badges, e.g. "Famous question" bootstrap mode requires 50 views and normal (or non bootstrap) mode requires 500 views.

After activating the normal mode, "Famous question" required 500 views (which is correct). However, people that had already won this badge with the previous threshold of 50 views, still have this badge in their profile. So, now, there are users that won "Famous question" for a question that has currently 75 views but this badge requires 500 views. This may be a little bit confusing for new users that try to understand how reputation/badge system works.

Having said that, I dont know what could be the solution and that's why I need your opinion. An alternative could be people to lose their badges, but still I am not sure if this is very nice.

alexandros.z's avatar
asked 2012-06-24 16:46:32 -0500, updated 2012-06-24 16:47:27 -0500
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2 Answers


Well you have two choices - take away the badges or not. Either way you will confuse some people.

To keep awarded badges we don't need to do anything and you might be better off not upsetting your original contributors. So, I'd keep them.

Evgeny's avatar
answered 2012-06-24 17:24:33 -0500
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I think I will agree with you. It is much better not to upset your current users. I just was wondering if there are any other alternatives. If not, then the current solution seems more reasonable to me as well.

alexandros.z's avatar alexandros.z (2012-06-24 17:30:29 -0500) edit
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I think it's very normal behaviour, when you start-up your Q&A forum you will have to make things smaller and easier to boost your site and keep it active.

In time your site goes bigger and bigger with more questions/answers/votes/comments/views and new signups per day, then you will need to make the points/badges harder to gain, and in this case this changes should only applied to new contents/activities.

Mustafa's avatar
answered 2013-08-10 17:23:55 -0500
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