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Thumbs Up Milestone Badges! πŸ‘

We're back again with more badges! πŸ™Œ

These new ones are exclusive to DEV Moderators, and thus can only be earned by those with Trusted Member or Tag Mod privileges.

So, without further adieu... πŸ₯

Introducing Our Thumbs Up Milestone Streak Badges!

A picture of all 6 Thumbs Up Milestone Badges next to each other.

These badges are awarded for giving thumbs ups (πŸ‘) to a variety of posts across DEV.

To be clear, each badge is awarded as folks reach the corresponding πŸ‘ milestone β€” 100, 500, 1000, 5000, and 10,000. As noted before, this is a mod-exclusive badge and so can only be earned by those who are part of our team of moderators.

Why did we create these badges?

With these badges, our primary goal is to show some love to our most helpful DEV mods. In particular, we wanted to highlight those behind-the-scenes folks who assist us by promoting good content on DEV.

Every time a DEV mod leaves a thumbs up on a post, it boosts that article's feature score. If several mods leave thumbs ups on an article, it becomes heavily weighted making it more likely to show up in folks' feeds and be discovered. We trust the wisdom of the mods to help us uplift the best content on DEV.

NOTE: if you're a moderator hoping to earn these badges, we're taking into account all of your previous thumbs ups. So, if you've regularly been boosting content in this way, you'll be rewarded for your past activity. πŸ™Œ

Wrapping Up

And that's pretty much it!

Several Girl Scouts geared up in their outfits, standing around and looking unamused. One Girl Scout is saying "Can we get our badges now?"

If this is you ☝️, just keep on thumbsing up any good posts you come across and the badges will come. For those folks who are interested but aren't mods, take a look at our Community Moderation page for more information about how we choose our moderators and consider applying to be a Tag Mod.

As always, we welcome your thoughts and feedback! If you have any ideas for badges that you think we should add or actions you feel would be worthy of rewarding, don't hesitate to share your thoughts in this post.

The DEV Team

Top comments (10)

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Temani Afif

Sounds a good idea but ... it can be harmful because some users will want to get such badges by "thumbs up" as much post as possible (even bad content). Maybe we can have a limit of "thumbs up" per day?

I am saying this based on my long StackOverflow experience where we have a ton of badges and it's difficult to resist the gamification system and you will try to earn all of them by any means.

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Michael Tharrington

Hey Temani,

Good concern to bring up!

We'll absolutely consider the thumbs-up per day limit. That's a pretty cool idea!

We really don't want gamification to encourage disingenuous πŸ‘s.

We're setting up a a query to pull together all of the thumbs ups given and who gave them, so that we can manually double-check that folks approach this in a fair, genuine way. This way we can call out anyone who appears to be abusing thumbsups to get a badge.

In general, the overall system should stop this from being too impactful. While every mod's thumbsup does count toward the feature score, no one mod's moves should be able to shift things too much. We're trusting the wisdom of the crowds to pan out in our favor.

But again, we're gonna be keeping eyes on things! And I really do like the thumbs-up limit idea, that would be a good gate... I'll be bringing this up with the team.

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Sounds fair enough

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Bogomil Shopov - Π‘ΠΎΠ³ΠΎ

Yes, the destructive content is spread around and we should try to encourage quality content for once

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Shrijal Acharya

This is indeed a must. βœ…

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Thomas Bnt

Nice idea πŸ‘πŸΌ

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Michael Tharrington

Woot woot! Glad to hear you dig it, Thomas.

I'm pretty siked on this one. Happy to give all y'all mods more recognition for the awesome work ya do! πŸ™Œ

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Vivek Thakur


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Juan F Gonzalez

Yeahhh. It got mine 2 days ago! Really cool to see getting a badge for something I already like doing. πŸ˜„

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Francielle Dellamora

okay I really liked this