I like badges, they greatly encourage me to answer and ask more questions. But what if we design a system called "Ribbons", ribbons are used to reward a player for his one day activities. And I design some examples.

For example,

Good Student: Asks more than 5 questions with +3 in a day

Good Teacher: Answers more than 5 questions in a day

Good Editor:Edit questions more than 10 times in a day

Night Stalkers: Answer more than 3 questions with +2 at 12:00 P.M- 6:00 A.M PST enter image description here

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    I'm not sure we want to encourage spamming questions. Ideally people spend quite a while researching before asking Mar 17, 2014 at 9:03
  • It took a while for me to design those ribbons, please don't just simply down vote this topic. Mar 17, 2014 at 9:05
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    Is it simply a badge which "looks better"?
    – Alvin Wong
    Mar 17, 2014 at 9:05
  • They do look pretty, I'd prefer them as "fancy badges" such as all gold badges are displayed as ribbons on the profile Mar 17, 2014 at 9:07
  • @AlvinWong Badges are awarded for a user's continual activities. While ribbons are awarded for a user's on-day activities. Mar 17, 2014 at 9:07
  • @AveMaleficum I'm not sure I can see the difference. The term "on-day" doesn't mean anything to me. Mar 17, 2014 at 9:08
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    How does this encourage quality activity though? Just activity is not sufficient for beta sites.
    – Bart
    Mar 17, 2014 at 9:16
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    While I appreciate the design of the ribbons, I still cannot find the difference with badge. You said badges are awarded for a user's continual activities, but some badges are only for one-time experience (mostly bronze badges). And some badges also has similar condition (e.g. in a day) with your ribbon: exceed daily cap reputation, used 30/max votes. Mar 17, 2014 at 9:18
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    @AveMaleficum I'm not asking what ribbons will do. I'm asking how they work, or specifically: what part of their function is different to how badges function? They seem to fulfil the same function. We have badges you can earn every time you do something (like the Nice Answer badge), and badges you can earn only once (like the Supporter badge). What do ribbons do that badges don't? (Apart from look different.) Mar 17, 2014 at 9:32
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    I'm voting to put this on hold as unclear, until such time that the actual functional difference between badges and ribbons is clarified. Mar 17, 2014 at 9:33
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    @AveMaleficum - just to make things clear, the downvotes here on meta are slightly different than downvotes on other sites. DVs here indicate that people disagree with your suggestion. They are in no way a reflection of the quality of your post. It's clear that you put effort into these mockups but you have not made a good enough argument to include them in the gamification system.
    – Lix
    Mar 17, 2014 at 10:12
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    @AveMaleficum but how exactly? Something still missing, some "link" between what you have in mind and the reality and if you can add this missing link maybe people will see what you suggest in a better light. Mar 17, 2014 at 10:14
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    There isn't night in every part of the world at the same time. Night Stalkers is simply out of the question. Mar 17, 2014 at 11:14
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    So, something like Winterbash, but all the time? What makes Winterbash fun is that it's limited and temporary. We don't need another type of badge. Mar 17, 2014 at 12:53
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    I don't agree with this question, but I don't think it should be closed. Especially since it is clear what this question is asking.
    – user206222
    Apr 3, 2014 at 0:07

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These ribbons look really nice, but I'm not sure I like the idea of these being for 1 day activity.

Some badges are already for a single day activity

Ignoring badges which are for a single event (which could be considered 1 day badges) the Mortarboard badge is already for activity in a 24 hour period "Earned at least 200 reputation (the daily maximum) in a single day"

The ribbons actually look really nice but seem to be for lesser achievement

I consider many of the existing long term badges to be much higher achievements than the proposed 24 hour ribbons. For example Legendary "Earned 200 daily reputation 150 times" seems like a higher achievement than anything you could achieve in a day.

How about using these as an extra reward for the highest gold badges.

These could be shown in miniature form under the user card to highlight how highly regarded gold badges are (which as I say seem far more worthy of reward than any 24 hour activity). However I'm not certain these fit within the "style" of the stack exchange sites. They look a little out of place because they are quite complicated.

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    Those badges match your eyes, Richard
    – user246806
    Mar 17, 2014 at 10:54
  • You are right, they do seem a little of the place. Maybe their color schemes are too complicated for stack exchange sites. Mar 17, 2014 at 11:04

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