About Ohloh Badges
Badges are a means to recognize the myriad ways Ohloh members contribute to Open Source. Ohloh awards two types of badges: a leveled badge or a boolean badge. The leveled badge has different levels that may be awarded based upon the number of events used to evaluate the badge. Levels are indicated by the number of orange pips below the badge. Pips are Base2 numbers. The boolean badge is given when an account holder has achieved a certain state. Either that state has been achieved or it has not been achieved; hence the boolean type. Boolean badges have no pips below them.
We hope that awarding Badges encourages Ohloh members to contribute to Open Source and to maintaining Ohloh. We understand that there is a risk that some folks will try to grab badge awards by making spurious edits to Ohloh and we hope the Ohloh community will be on the look out for those few who fail to grasp the intent of an open community-based platform such as Ohloh.
Types of Badge
Ohloh currently awards the following badges:
The Describer badge is a leveled badge that is given to an Ohloh member who edits project descriptions. Level 1 is given when one project description has been edited. Level 2 is given for edits to four project descriptions. Level 3 is for 10 edits and levels 4, 5, and 6 are for 20, 50 and 100 edits respectively. There are opportunities to earn even more levels beyond a Level 6 Describer!
The Repo Man or Repo Woman badge is a leveled badge that is given to an Ohloh member who edits project repository information. Level 1 is given when one project repository has been edited. Level 2 is given for edits to 5 project repositories. Level 3 is for 15 edits and levels 4, 5, and 6 are for 35, 70 and 110 edits respectively. There are opportunities to earn even higher levels beyond Level 6.
The Big Cheese
The Stacker badge is a leveled badge given to an Ohloh member who creates Project Stacks. There are only 5 available levels and they are awarded for the first five project stacks created.
The Org Man badge is a boolean badge given to an Ohloh member who is managing at least one organization on Ohloh.
The FOSSer badge is a leveled badge given to an Ohloh member who contributes to Free and Open Source Software projects. The level 1 badge is awarded when an Ohloh member contributes to one FOSS project. Level 2 is given for contributions to 3 projects. Levels 3, 4, and 5 are given for contributions to 6, 10 and 20 projects respectively. Additional opportunities exist to earn even higher levels!
The Taxonomist badge is a leveled badge given to an Ohloh member who edits project tags and taxonomies. The level 1 badge is awarded when an Ohloh member makes one edit to project tags. Level 2 is given for edits to the tags for four different projects. Levels 3, 4, and 5 are given for contributions to 15, 25, and 55 different projects while Level 6 is given for tag edits to 100 different projects on Ohloh. And, additional opportunities to earn even higher levels are available.
Rank through the use of the pips. When shown elsewhere on Ohloh, the Kudo Rank is shown with the numerical rank within the laurel leaves. However, both displays show the same information: the Kudo Rank.
Obviously, we want to be able to award different levels for increasing levels of contribution, both to Open Source and to Ohloh. We started brainstorming and sketching all sorts of ways to show levels. At one point, when we talked about the need to be able to show higher levels of awards if that became necessary in the future, Marketing made a note that we needed “infinite scalability”. We helped them reduce that requirement, ah, significantly. After all, infinity is really big. Really. Big.
At one point, our Product Manager began to chuckle and said, what if we used binary to show the levels? It was a smash suggestion and we all were hooked. So ladies and gentlemen, we present the leveling model for the Ohloh Badges: Pips.
Pips use Base 2 to show levels, with digits starting from the right, just as in Base 10. For the non-binary aware, to the right is a picture of the pips and the Base 10 (regular number) equivalent. One could receive up to Level 15 if any badge were to award such a level. And, we have enough flexibility to add another pip to the left and be able to show 31 different levels. So. Very. Cool.