Further to the recent new badges for meetups, we’ve recently added a few more badges which are also tied in to a new feature on the forums here too.
I’ll explain the badges first, then the feature to which they’re connected.
Announcing the “Grey Arrows Support” badges
We have a new section of Badges which contains three badges. A Bronze, Silver and Gold (well, as close to those colours as we can get anyway).
The Bronze ‘Help Desk’ badge is awarded for providing the first accepted answer to a question:
“What the *&%^$@ does that mean?!” I hear you say.
I’ll explain in a moment…
The Silver ‘Tech Support’ badge is awarded for providing ten “accepted” answers to questions:
And last but not least, the all important Gold ‘Problem Solver’ badge is awarded for answering twenty five questions:
How do you get these badges?
Head over to our Questions and Answers category.
Anyone who asks a question in this category now has the ability to mark any answer in their topic as being the ‘Solution’. The person who posted the marked ‘solution’ is then awarded the Bronze ‘Help Desk’ badge.
Still with me?
Here’s an example.
I recently asked a question around Litchi flight records:
Because I was the original poster (OP) of that thread, I now have a tick box available to me on each reply in that thread:
I then simply tick the reply that best answers my question.
In this case, it was Dave’s reply that provided the answer to my question, so I clicked on the tick which then turns green and marks Dave’s answer as the ‘solution’:
The ‘solution’ is also then linked in to the first post, so people with the same question can quickly see there is an answer available:
Unlike some badges which are issued automatically by the forum I had to do something quite different to get this feature up and running, so these “Grey Arrows Support” badges will be issued automatically once every 24hrs as part of a forum background / housekeeping task. So if you see one of your answers marked as a ‘Solution’ don’t panic if when the badge doesn’t arrive right away. You will receive the relevant badge within 24hrs of that point.
Hope that all makes sense!