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posted by Chris Phillips , updated 2 years ago , 1
I think a great way to build the imgur community would be to add badges or buttons etc. to user profiles, awarded when users complete certain tasks.

I thought of a few examples:
Newbie - uploaded your first image to imgur
Whack-a-Mole - downvoted ten 1 vote posts to 0
Butterfly Effect - Upvoted a 0 vote post to 1, which then went on to get over 1000 upvotes
Curator - Upvoted a hundred images
Philanthropist - Upvoted a hundred comments
Downvote Fairy - Downvoted a hundred comments
Forever Alone - Maintained negative reputation for a week

...the list could go on. Each badge would have a little icon and would be displayed on your user profile once awarded.

Sorry if this is a bit outside of scope for Imgur, and I also realise this would have performance implications on the server farm, but it just occured to me while I was thinking about user rep. I think it would encourage people to get positively involved more and would give other users a quick idea of what you're like from looking at your profile.
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I got a bit excited and came up with a more complete list:

Newbie - Uploaded your first image to imgur
Collector - Uploaded ten images to imgur
Major Contributor - Uploaded fifty images to imgur
Scrapbook - Created your first gallery and filled it with at least five images
Librarian - Created ten galleries and filled them with at least five images each
Whack-a-Mole - Downvoted ten 1 vote posts to 0
Whack-a-Mole Champion - Downvoted fifty 1 vote posts to 0
Whack-a-Mole Master - Downvoted a hundred 1 vote posts to 0
Butterfly Effect - Upvoted a 0 vote post to 1, which then went on to a total rating of over 1000 upvotes
Curator - Upvoted a hundred images
Philanthropist - Upvoted a hundred comments
Downvote Fairy - Downvoted a hundred comments
Forever Alone - Maintained negative reputation for a week
Good Guy Greg - Upvoted ten comments on an image you commented on that all had more votes than your comment
Public Enemy - You were downvoted by the same user ten times
Needle in a Haystack - Upvoted a top comment that already had over a thousand upvotes
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