SmokingPipes Badges & Benefits?

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swilford

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So, after a hundred posts, I wanted to chime in for a moment because I think some of you guys may be thinking more deeply about this than we did when they first happened. An (almost completely) true story:

So, a marketing person married a database person and a year or so later found they were bored one Friday night...but, instead of doing what normal married couples do when they're bored on a Friday night, they came up with badge names, he wrote some db queries and some hideous looking UI and she made little icons. And that's what they did with their Friday night. And all of Saturday too as they came up with new ones. They were amused. They thought others might be too.

For many years, the badges were very much buried in the user center--alongside some pie charts of countries a customer's pipes came from and how many pipes he/she had over time--and few people noticed them.

Years later SP did end up using the VIP badge to mean something useful to customers and--around the same time--the badges became slightly more prominent in a site redesign. We also did occasionally try to hang stuff off of the other ones, but it never really worked very well, so, aside from the VIP badge, we've basically never found a proper use for the badges.

(And many Fridays later, the story did ultimately take a predictable twist and now we have a kid, so Alyson and I are unlikely to have enough energy on a Friday night to randomly foist badges on any more unsuspecting pipe smokers).

Sykes
 

Country Bladesmith

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So, after a hundred posts, I wanted to chime in for a moment because I think some of you guys may be thinking more deeply about this than we did when they first happened. An (almost completely) true story:

So, a marketing person married a database person and a year or so later found they were bored one Friday night...but, instead of doing what normal married couples do when they're bored on a Friday night, they came up with badge names, he wrote some db queries and some hideous looking UI and she made little icons. And that's what they did with their Friday night. And all of Saturday too as they came up with new ones. They were amused. They thought others might be too.

For many years, the badges were very much buried in the user center--alongside some pie charts of countries a customer's pipes came from and how many pipes he/she had over time--and few people noticed them.

Years later SP did end up using the VIP badge to mean something useful to customers and--around the same time--the badges became slightly more prominent in a site redesign. We also did occasionally try to hang stuff off of the other ones, but it never really worked very well, so, aside from the VIP badge, we've basically never found a proper use for the badges.

(And many Fridays later, the story did ultimately take a predictable twist and now we have a kid, so Alyson and I are unlikely to have enough energy on a Friday night to randomly foist badges on any more unsuspecting pipe smokers).

Sykes
Ok, well that’s pretty awesome 😁👍
 
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judcole

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So, after a hundred posts, I wanted to chime in for a moment because I think some of you guys may be thinking more deeply about this than we did when they first happened. An (almost completely) true story:

So, a marketing person married a database person and a year or so later found they were bored one Friday night...but, instead of doing what normal married couples do when they're bored on a Friday night, they came up with badge names, he wrote some db queries and some hideous looking UI and she made little icons. And that's what they did with their Friday night. And all of Saturday too as they came up with new ones. They were amused. They thought others might be too.
Great story, Sykes.
My small collection of badges makes me smile, which seems to be what it was intended to do. I had never really thought much about the origins. I'm not surprised that people were overthinking the whole thing; that seems to be rather common in online discussions. puffy
 

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