Couple of thoughts:
I just ran a test badge on myself here. It’s not the end of the world, but I did want to make a note that it is a slightly unwieldy process as it wants you to link to a post or a topic which contains the reasoning for the badge granting. idk how i feel about this, but felt it worth pointing out.
One of the main qualms I have about having badges be on Discuss is the fact that not everyone uses this forum as their main comms channel for Noisebridge. I feel comms fragmentation is somewhat “here to stay” in some capacity, and I wanted the whole guilds thing to remain comms channel agnostic. Different groups wanna use whatever forum works best for their group, right?
Now if I am straw-man-ing and you are not suggesting that Discuss be the exclusive place for badges, then I apologize. Either way, we should take our talks further on this point. Figure out a solution that works for all potential noisebridge subgroups.
Which leads me to this: I’m thinking we should want to roll our own badge system in the future, and integrate it with our website (and by proxy, it can be part of the larger aspirations of that website project, which is to say, serve as a template for other hackerspaces), BUT:
for now, we could use a third party badge solution that already exists. To this end, I have found an interesting looking project, called Open Badges.
Here is a list of services/tools that utilize this standard in some way:
As a point of action, I’d love it if we could each assign ourselves one or a couple of these platforms to explore and report back here with some findings. Pros and cons, based on what you believe to be our intended pursuits with badges.
Let’s do this.