Badge Boosting is prohibited on this wiki. Administrators are free to use their personal discretion to issue either a warning or a block in response to users boosting badges.
We urge you to remember that there is NO material benefit to be had from earning these badges. While they are a good indicator of faithful and efficient users, there is no physical reward and ultimately a badge is simply an image on a computerized platform. It should NOT be taken seriously.
Badge Boosting is the act of making unnecessary edits in order to earn badges, which are meant to be awarded for certain achievements in editing a wiki. Boosting includes the following.....
- Malicious edits and then the immediate undoing of them. No harm is done to the page, but this is still boosting, and it will not be tolerated.
- Making irrelevant or inessential edits in order to earn a badge or maintain a day-by-day editing streak.
- Adding useless pictures or pictures from the exact same frame to multiple pages in order to boost both edit count and image count.
- Creating multiple blogs corresponding to the amount of blogs needed to earn a certain blogging achievement.
- Creating nonfunctional or irrelevant categories or misusing established categories, such as adding them where they do not belong also counts as boosting.
Some things may appear to be boosting, but are not always so. For instance....
- Edit wars between a loyal contributor and a troll, who is trying to vandalize a page, and the user who is quickly undoing his edits. If this user is simply signing out and in again to vandalize/undo, the admins can tell simply by checking the IP address. Also, all edit wars should be reported to an Administrator/Bureaucrat.
- Editors will often update a page in stages, perhaps one section at a time, particularly when making extensive alterations or improvements to the entire article, in order to prevent cross-editing. Users may also notice a mistake immediately after making their edit, and will then edit again to correct said mistake. Multiple edits such as this are allowed, although within reason.
Valid contributions with the aim of garnering an achievement is of course allowed. However, contributors should exercise great caution in ensuring that these additions are sensible, useful and accurate. Instances where boosting is suspected will be investigated and reviewed by an Administrator.
The Achievement Badges are a reward for loyal editing and hard work, to encourage contributors to keep editing and helping out the wiki.
- Bronze Badges - This badge gives the editor 10 points when they are awarded. They're often the easiest to obtain. Usually, these badges are achieved by performing around 5 to 20 edits.
- Silver Badges - This badge give the editor 50 points when they are awarded. They're the second easiest to obtain. Usually, these badges are achieved by performing around 25 to 100 edits.
- Gold Badges - This badge gives the editor 100 points when they are Awarded. They're the third hardest to obtain. Usually, these badges are achieved by performing around 100 to 500 edits.