I'm trying to match my previous experience with InSided's training session. And I have some mismatches related to badging. Learning Gamification I kept the rule that all rewards should be reachable for every member and the way to get each one should be clear. There were a lot of researches of it.
All my previous experience makes me sure that:
- A member of community should see all possible badges somewhere within his private profile to know which ones he can reach and how. Badges which are not reached yet are shown inactive, reached ones are active.
- A member should understand what is the badge he has just earned for.
As for me, I see I earned 3 badges for yesterday but I even don't know for what are those badges. Okay, I can guess "Ideation guru" is for several ideas posted. But "Smart cookie" and "Sprinter"... I have no idea. I feel myself confused by this. I have achievements which I cannot know. I was rewarded for something that I cannot even guess.
Could you please share why do you think your vision of badging is right? Did you have any researches on this topic? I just want to understand, may be it is really an awesome approach to engage members or drive them to discuss actively, etc.
Many thanks for your kind explanation!