Badger is an effort to build an Open Source web application that facilitates the creation and gifting of badges representing community gratitude for a variety of achievements and accomplishments.
Overview / Goals
But, in short, Badger aims to support these features:
- Artifacts of gratitude—i.e. badges—as social objects to exchanged, displayed, and discussed.
- Showcasing community values through the things we collectively celebrate.
- Public recognition of community members and their valued contributions.
- Transparent, open processes for participating in creating, awarding, discussing, and evaluating badges.
- Collaboration on badge creation through a "Help Wanted" system that presents minimal overhead for coordination and offers a playful space for creative contribution.
- Mobile device support for awarding badges on the spot and expressing public gratitude in person.
- Rule-based awards triggered by conditions detected on the web in the tools we use for work every day.
- bug 584148 - Filed a project bug using the webdev initiation form
- Created a Google Group, at least for now:
- Hanging out in IRC here:
Hosting / Demo
- Current state of the build in Hudson
- There's a demo installation running on User:LesOrchard's hobby server at badger.decafbad.com
- This may or may not be broken right at any particular time.
- All data may disappear periodically.
- Badger may currently be found on GitHub.
- http://wiki.activitystrea.ms/Badge (via http://twitter.com/chrismessina/)
Badger is not quite in decent enough shape to handle the firepower of a fully operational creative community.
For now, please share ideas with the discussion group, and soon we can shift onto the app itself.
Blue sky / Brainstorming
Until / unless a better idea capture tool becomes attached to this project, feel free to add random ideas and feature requests below:
API / federation
- Using Activity Streams in Atom feeds to expose badge activity.
- Using Activity Stream schemas in JSON with callback for badges & etc
- OAuth / valet key accessible API
- For authenticated fetch of badge set
- Nominating / awarding badges
- For use in building external trigger scripts (eg. 1000th bugzilla bug closed)
- Integration with other sites in general
- see also: TODO, future
- Different "categories" of badge: Badges, Stripes, Stars, etc.
- Geolocation-triggered badges: Walk into the MV office, get a badge! At the Whistler Fairmont during Summit? Get a badge. Maybe part of a Badger mobile app?
- Group-organized badges: Creative Collective-bestowed badges, Labs badges, etc.
- badger.mozilla.com/[username]/sash/ for displaying a set of earned badges
- A way to do HTML5 game achievements via the API -- this would be more for a separate Badger instance than the Mozilla Contributor one, but could be super fun.
- It made me think that perhaps a future feature for Badger could be "self-bestowed" badges that a user can claim to augment his/her overall identity. For example, I'd claim: Canadian, New Brunswicker, Gamer, Photographer, Avid Reader or somesuch. These could be a different style or category of badge, that could be pulled from the API separately for display, etc etc.
- Claimable-via-the-web badges. For example, we could put a "Claim your Firefox Nightlies Tester Badge!" on http://www.mozilla.org/projects/firefox/prerelease.html -- Anyone who grabs a nightly will see that as their first-run page and could click-to-claim a badge and become part of the Mozilla Community without any intervention from anyone.