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Introducing the New Reputation System

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January 22, 2013 3:56:12 PM

Reputation as you know it has changed! Here's a basic load-out of what you can expect for those of you "keeping up with the Joneses" when it comes to prestige and reputation in the new forum platform release.

Points
Points and ranks based on points have been replaced with a Badge system founded on achievements and best answers provided. The new reputation system rewards quality of posts, rather than quantity, and makes subject matter experts easier to identify. But not to worry if you currently have a host of badges – your prestige will be preserved as Legacy badges that are unobtainable any other way.

Status
You’ll now be able to set a unique status as a part of your avatar, based on the badges you've earned. You can chose to display a badge that you've earned as your status title to customize how you present your digital self to the community.

Badges
You’ll discover a whole bunch of new badges have been added, and many are based on legendary characters or cultural icons you might recognize. Most badges will be obtained by receiving a number of Best Answers in a category over a period of time, while others will require more difficult tasks to receive. You’ll still see the Bronze, Silver and Gold levels and most badges will have those three tiers, but you’ll also be able to continue on past Gold by improving the badge level.

Take some time to explore these new changes on the live forum beta, and if you have any questions or concerns, or feedback, please let me know here.
February 4, 2013 1:55:17 PM

Just to clear this up now, will all current best answers, badges, etc... transfer to the new platform or will users have to start from scratch? I ask because it could possibly be a huge headache in regard to our PM in boxes filling up when the new platform goes live.
February 4, 2013 7:00:01 PM

All badges will be transferred to the new system as Legacy badges, which is the only way you can get them, as a matter of fact. Using Windows 7 as an example, Bronze badges will be transferred over as Windows 7 Veteran (Legacy), Silver badges will be transferred over as Windows 7 Veteran+ (Legacy) and Gold will be transferred over as Windows 7 Veteran++ (Legacy).

As for the new badges, each of the three tiers will accompany a different badge, and badge title.

For setting 10, 20, and 50 new tags respectively over the course of a month, you'll receive the Wiki Badge, Dictionary Badge, or Encyclopedia Badge which are the Bronze, Silver and Gold levels for the Tags badges. For 5, 20, and 50 Best Answers in Motherboards, you'll receive the Motherboard Expert, Motherboard Authority, or Motherboard Master badges (bronze, silver and gold respectively).

Here's another example, and one of my faves: For setting alerts to mods about spam, the three badges are Judge, Warden, and Panopticon. For writing tutorials, the badges are Graduate, Professor and Scientist. For votes received on your comments - Nominated, Promising, Oscar.

Additionally, there will be hidden badges. And , post-launch, moderators and I will be able to set new custom badges for unique and exemplary service to the community.
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February 4, 2013 7:16:59 PM

Sounds like some nice new additions for all.
February 4, 2013 10:04:36 PM

Sounds good to me JP. Well done, BTW, as I suspect you had a little something to do with naming the badges, etc... ;) 
February 5, 2013 1:56:54 AM

You would be correct. ;) 
Though I'm not entirely sold on the Legacy++ designations. The "+" is a little unsatisfying in retrospect.
February 5, 2013 2:07:58 PM

I think the + is a good symbol, Joe. It's internationally and easily recognised and when we are fully integrated, it will mean something to everyone.
February 9, 2013 2:18:02 AM

Good point, Saga. The + symbol is indeed universal, so while it may look a bit awkward at first, I think most will eventually get used to it.
February 9, 2013 7:16:16 AM

This is all so confusing. :/ 
February 11, 2013 5:27:43 PM

What's confusing, amuffin? How can I clear things up for ya?
February 20, 2013 6:01:15 PM

jpishgar said:

Badges
You’ll discover a whole bunch of new badges have been added, and many are based on legendary characters or cultural icons you might recognize. Most badges will be obtained by receiving a number of Best Answers in a category over a period of time, while others will require more difficult tasks to receive. You’ll still see the Bronze, Silver and Gold levels and most badges will have those three tiers, but you’ll also be able to continue on past Gold by improving the badge level.


So, if forum members were to fall in love would they get the "Paramour Achievement" badge like in Mass Effect 3?


February 20, 2013 8:26:20 PM

And if married, they'd get joint custody of their Best Answers count. ;) 
March 13, 2013 5:15:00 AM

So nothing has been moved yet? My profile is showing no badges and I had one for almost every single forum topic.
March 13, 2013 6:50:27 AM

Still migrating badges system - it should complete sometime by this evening.
March 13, 2013 6:55:35 AM

jpishgar said:
Still migrating badges system - it should complete sometime by this evening.


Thanks. So post count, etc... is back to 0 or will that also be migrated at some point? I was pretty close to Master ranking :-)
March 31, 2013 11:47:59 AM

"Ancient" is a title for forum members that have been with Tom's Hardware a long time.

I request the title be changed to "Ancient One". The term "Ancient One" carries a bit more weight and special meaning. Sci-Fi, Fantasy, RPG, and Steampunk fans will understand and relate to it. In addition, "Stargate SG-1" fans will recognize it instantly. The single word "Ancient" does not convey the desired meaning. For some it simply means old and nothing else.

Thanks!
April 1, 2013 8:48:26 AM

"Ancient" does seem to have a negative connotation, doesn't it? Will look into changing this to what you've recommended.
April 1, 2013 10:09:09 AM

JohnnyLucky said:
"Ancient" is a title for forum members that have been with Tom's Hardware a long time.



Could be worse... like "Obsolete".


April 1, 2013 11:06:50 AM



"Could be worse... like "Obsolete".

I'm sitting here thinking maybe I should not have picked a skeleton for an avatar!


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