questionswould it be neat to have special badges for the…

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Personally, no. The whole idea seems kinda silly. Things are already out of control with people obsessed with gaining reputation, if you incorporated more things it would just get out of control. I have virtually given up, I've tried to express my points about the reputation system and community kinda spinning out of control. Now I just sit back and try to enjoy the ride. Nevertheless, it IS an interesting idea..just not necessary.

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@studerc: I guess I still view the deals.woot site as a fun game. I am thankful for the top deal hunters (I personally can never seem to find the great deals) and thought they deserved some "fun" attention. I haven't been involved as long as you and haven't watched it evolve but I personally like where deals.woot is right now.

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Sure, they can give top deal posters badges right after they get around to the Beta Tester badges (smacks @snapster).

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@joshaw: The problem is that "fun" can be volatile. If you see one person having fun..your sudden urge is that you also want to have fun. Same with Woot!..you see people having "fun", suddenly everybody has to get in on the action. Back in the day, reputation was meaningless(and should still be, meaningless). Now however, people feel it almost a necessity to have a high rep. Don't believe me..type in "reputation" into the question search bar. People are starting to obsess about gaining a black triangle, its ridiculous. Adding anymore "fun" to this will not yield good results. I applaud your creative efforts, however nothing good will come of them.

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I've said it before and I will say it again - Reputation is a lie!

Besides "Badges? We don't need no stinking badges"

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This is actually a really big movement in social media lately called "gamification" which is a ridiculous word (for a wholly ridiculous "field" anyway). But I'm all for these kinda gimmicks because, personally, I love collecting meaningless e-badges/similar.

So, I guess, know that we like ideas like this, but I couldn't say if we have a time frame on implementation or are even working on development, it's just a neat idea.

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@studerc: I'm not talking about reputation. I'm only talking about the best in a certain category for the day (the badge would only be for a day). If the community decides that the deals that a user posts are the best, why not show some appreciation? What bad to you think might come from this?

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@joshaw: Ha ha, you're missing my point. First off the person is being appreciated enough by having their name on the leader board under "Top Deal finder, yesterdays community pick, etc." Creating badges will just make things crazier. All of the sudden, questions galore "how do I get a badge?!?!" People will just start posting tons of pointless questions hoping to get the top spot. Same will happen with deals, instead of people actually looking for deals, people will just start posting everything, hoping something will become a top deal. Nothing good can come of the badges. I'm already pretty annoyed by the bad/pointless deals/questions posted right now, I couldn't imagine what would happen if they added anything else.

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@joshaw: If given a choice between a symbolic badge and the hassle, I'd pass.

Want to recognize community contributions? I'd just as soon have a T-shirt from Shirt.Woot, maybe a coupon for a free shirt printed with, "Grandma spent all day on Deals.Woot and all I got was this silly T-Shirt."
At least I could wear it. ;-)

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There is already too much competition afoot in the deals dot woot land imo. Guess it is what makes it what it is, but gotta say from my own perspective (and being somewhat set in my ways if I am happy with something) I HATE this entire rep system. However, the proof is in the pudding (another oldie), and @Snapster has stated his pleasure with the increased activity engendered by the popularity thing. His ideas, his site, his original creation in the first place, so I really have no right to question it. Just stating a preference :) Now I will go away and shut up for a minute or two (really all I am capable of if someone pulls my chain or if I see something I am compelled to address).

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@agingdragqueen: "gamification" - sounds like something to do with legs (knowing that you are not aged or aging), "gams" is an old word used pretty much to identify women like Betty Grable's legs. Not sure where it came from before that type of popular usage. Note to self - must look it up later on.

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@klozitshoper: ha! I didn't think of it that way. The word itself is just a poor smash up of other words meaning something like "making things into a game". Wikipedia, as usual, has a good overview if you're still interested later: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamification

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@studerc: Easy for you to say, one-percenter!

"Yeah, who's with me?!"

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@drjing: In all honesty, if you wanted my Reputation score I would gladly give it to you, its just a number to me...