Could we consider a two new categories of monthly badges" 500 contributions in a month; 5000 contributions in a month?

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in The Tree House by A. Creighton G2G6 Pilot (751k points)
There was just a G2G thread about badge dispensing overpowering the
leaders now.  Do we need to add a category as high as 5000?  500 might
be reasonable if it didn't add more of a workload than presently available.

Even only adding a 500 badge would probably overwhelm the badge-awarder.  Isn't it just Eowyn on her own? surprise

I have thought for a very long time that the 500 BADGE for many is more easily achievable than the 1000, and the quality of the contribution needs to be factored in.  I would love to see the 500 Badge implemented.

I have 29 badges for 1000 contributions, but will be winding down on my contributions and endeavouring to revisit and improve on some of very early profiles I created about three years ago when I first joined Wikitree. So the 500 Badge is a goal that more could achieve, including myself!!

I think the 5000 Badge is a ridiculous idea, as it would be quantity rather than quality, and like an earlier comment about gedcom files being loaded up onto Wikitree, the contributions might be high that month but it isn’t always ideal as often unsourced or not particularly accurate.

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I absolutely agree about quality over quantity. I've been on Wikitree for a couple of years now and have just reached 6000. Yesterday I made about 17 contributions and that took me a lot of the afternoon. I'd rather be recognised for painstaking research and profiles with great sources than mere numbers of minor contributions. I like Deb's idea of graduated badges and would like to see a way of rewarding quality profiles.
by Fiona McMichael G2G6 Pilot (182k points)
selected by William Crowder
Thank you, William.
+16 votes
Might I ask why you chose those numbers?  I can understand the 500, for folks who worked more than 100 but less than 1000, a 500 count of contributions is a reasonable goal.

But the 5000 one puzzles me.

One month I hit 3000+ contributions, but I was somewhat burned out for awhile after that. (I wasn't going for a number, but working on something specific and adding/editing profiles for a particular family.) I don't know how anyone could pull off 5000 quality contributions and go for that month after month. It seems like badge collecting to me.
by Natalie Trott G2G6 Pilot (967k points)
Perhaps we should set the number at the halfway mark so we have a proper series:  3, 10, 32, 100, 316, 1000, 3162, 10000.
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Hi Anne, I must agree with Natalie on this one. I think that would just clutter up the badges page. Personally I think they should stop the club 100 badge at G2G6. There are far more important badges and goals to work towards. I don't chase Club badges, but to get a Club 100 is just so easy. I seem to get one every month without any effort at all. I think it is great encouragement for new Wikitreer's. In actual fact, in my opinion they shoud have 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600 etc. up to as you say maybe 5000 and you only get one of each then it's done.
by Shaun Doust G2G6 Pilot (345k points)
+19 votes
Perhaps the solution here is to do away with monthly contribution badges and switch to contribution achievement badges. Members could get a badge at 100, 1000, 5000, 10,000 and it could continue with a badge for every additional 10,000 contributions thereafter. It would cut down on the number of badges needing to be awarded, still encourage new members, and acknowledge significant contributions by dedicated WikiTreers.
by Deb Durham G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
Oh, I like that idea, Deb.
Brilliant suggestion Deb.  And if it could be up to each person to alert, via G2G post on Merit thread, when they have achieved a merit level,  the badge handler would not need to go searching for them.
I agree. I think this is a great idea. :)
Good idea.
This is a really good idea.
+5 votes
I completely agree with Anne's suggestion. In fact, I was thinking of asking the same question!

It appears that many people do in fact chase club badges, as evident by the list of contributions people make. A lot of people stop making contributions as soon as they hit 100 or 1000. I think having a badge at 500 would increase participation, as it would give folks an intermediate goal between 100 and 1000. I know this would motivate me. (Yes, I really am that easily persuaded into action. )

A badge at the 5000 level would be great as well. I don't think it would be awarded very often, but there clearly are a few people  who achieve this level, and they should receive recognition for it.

(PS, if there is a need to create badges, I know my way around Photoshop, and would be happy to create any that might be needed.)
by Alex Stronach G2G6 Pilot (336k points)

I think it would be a bad idea to encourage chasing the higher number badges. Because these higher numbers usually comes from gedcom imports which are laden with bad and unsourced data.

The gedcom import process has now changed, so that people have to slow down and more carefully verify their data.

We want to encourage more accurate contributions, not simply more contributions.

I agree Dennis. We should be encouraging quality rather than quantity.
What Dennis said!  I like the idea of a 500 badge, but the 5,000 contribution/month badge would encourage poor quality contributions.
I agree with Dennis, we definitely want quality over quantity. I've changed my mind and agree with Kathryn: I like the idea of a 500 badge, but the 5000 would be a bit too much.

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