There are instances of game mechanics that can be useful, but most of the "badges" type stuff I've seen in Discourse seems to conflate different goals.
Even if you believe that badges like "first link" or "first emoji" are useful (I am very skeptical), they should be behind an on-boarding flow for new users who are trying to learn about the software, to avoid repeatedly subjecting people to the same "Hey look what a good user you are, you made a link!" notification.
@spudboy I started one a while ago, here (some are from RSS, others from Twitter feeds):
I have a love/hate relationship with #Discourse. Some very nice, clean UI decisions, but so many annoying ones. URLs that change when you don't expect them to, a preview panel that looks like an editor, useless gamification. Every time I use it there's some small frustration that gets in the way.
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"The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World" sounds like a compelling and necessary book to correct the whitewashing of #Christianity's early history of vandalism, destruction of ancient knowledge, and mass murder.
15 years before Nixey, Eberhard Sauer compiled similar evidence in "Archaeology of Religious Hatred", which I highly recommend:
We played Night in the Woods on the #Switch the last few days. An engaging interactive story with themes of young adult fiction & mystery, very lovingly crafted. I recommend it. Full review:
I grew up with #PointAndClick adventure games, esp. the Sierra and LucasArts titles. This book looks gorgeous, just put in a pre-order:
Hi! I'm K4.
I took up hobby gardening and amateur botany as a way to put my open-source software job down sometimes... until I noticed that those things could go together in new and interesting ways. I've been building an open, highly-queryable plant/growing database that anyone can edit or help curate. Nothing really to show off yet (I'm up to my eyeballs in initial data imports rn), but there is a blog up at blog.plantdata.io with project updates.
/me waves enthusiastically
I am a researcher in solar energy materials ( at present perovskites). Renewables are a necessity..isn't it ?
Other than that I love thinking about random stuff, watching movies, fixing stuff, travelling..etc
I use and advocate GNU/Linux and free software.
I follow socialism, marxism, openscience movements.
In Apple Mail, there is no protecting PGP-encrypted messages. Even with disabling remote content, GPGTools is vulnerable to EFAIL, and the only mitigation for now is to switch to Thunderbird/Enigmail, and disable viewing HTML emails
The team behind #SecureDrop (open source whistleblower platform originally created by Aaron Swartz) has been investigating the use of #QubesOS for building an integrated workstation for journalists using SecureDrop.
Folks interested in newsroom security, or the use of virtualization to mitigate digital security risks may want to check it out. Thoughts on this approach appreciated: