A friend of mine in the MeeGo community brought my attention to an interesting concept he calls MeeGoVerse, which translates common gaming elements to real-life work as a sort of “massive multiplayer” endeavor. One important aspect is the use of achievements to reward people for attacking necessary community evils, like bug reporting. I can envision Meegon badges for each achievement. People love to contribute, and especially be recognized for it.
Badges can be found in unusual places and contexts. While updating my LinkedIn profile recently I took stock of a couple of icons I had not really thought much about before.
Right there beside the YOU indicator you’ll note an in and, next to it, a circular array graphic. The first indicates a Premium account, meaning for one that you get to harass potential connections with InMails. Very valuable when I was searching for a new job two years ago. The circle of circles shows profile viewers that I’m a member of an OpenLink network and thus open to said harassment. Fair, after all, is fair. Continue reading