Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Tuesday Thingers: Helper Badges

This week's Tuesday Thingers topic is Helper Badges. And the questions:

Did you know about Helper Badges? Do you have any badges? If so, what is your highest medal/number? What is your lowest? Do the badges give you any incentive to help add to the areas of LT that they cover (Common Knowledge, Venues, etc)?

Well, yes, I did know about Helper Badges, and I also knew that I have two of them. Two bronze badges. At least, I think they're bronze, although it's a little hard to tell the bronze from the gold on my computer screen. When I click on them and go to my Helper Badge Page, it shows that one of my badges is for "contributions to any area of LibraryThing (63)" and the other is for "contributions to Common Knowledge (62)."

I do remember adding some info to the Common Knowledge area for several books, but I'm not sure what my other "contributions" might have been. Well, I've written some reviews and I've participated in a few discussion groups – I suppose that might count as contributions. But I'm a little surprised that there are 63 of them!

And as to incentive – I really don't think the possibility of earning more badges is going to make me any more or less eager to do any "contributing." I was never into collecting badges or gold stars or anything like that. Probably one of the reasons I never joined the Girl Scouts. So I'm pretty sure I'll just go right on doing what I've been doing.

Tuesday Thingers is hosted by Wendi of Wendi's Book Corner. If you'd like to see more or participate yourself, head on over to her blog and leave a comment.


  1. I liked collecting badges in Girl Scouts. But they had a cooler design ;)

  2. I joined LibraryThing about a month ago and have been enjoying this weekly meme as a way to learn more about the website. Badges were an unknown to me but nice to know they are available. I agree with you - I don't want to do something just because I'm going to get something for it. If it is a satisfying thing to do, that is reward enough.

    *Margot @ Joyfully Retired

  3. I didn't know about the badges - maybe it's because I don't have any. :(

  4. Of course, adding to the fact on LT is it's own reward {{cough...cough}} but actually, I love awards. And shiny medals...even better, even if only cyber shiny.

  5. Helper Badges are new to me! I didn't know what they were until I read your post.

    I guess it's an easy way to encourage people to contribute to the user-extended database. The cyber badges might motivate some to contribute more.

  6. :) I enjoyed the Girl Scout Badges, but they were a little easier (and more fun) to earn.

    Thanks for stopping by and participating in Thingers last week! I've got the post up for this week. ~ Wendi


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