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Badges and ranks

Our boss says that helping others is its own reward – but we think a bit of recognition is nice too. Meet the badges and ranks.

Badges

We like giving out badges as we think they’re a great way to recognise what you do for our community.

It works like a roll of honour

You can see which badges you've been given by our Community teams on your profile page. Click on the See all to see your badges - and for a quick look at those you can get next.

Green badges represent the number of Helpful Answers you've posted.

Blue badges show the amount of Kudos you've received.

Pink Badges mark the number of replies you've made.

Bonus badges

There are also secret badges, waiting to be discovered to make your profile page look that bit special.

Ranks

Ranks appear under your username. Like badges, they’re mostly meant to be a bit of fun but they can also be useful. They help community newcomers see who is well established among the community, and who isn't (yet).

Community members progress through the ranks by logging in, posting, giving and receiving kudos, and marking and making 'helpful answers'.

The list of ranks starts at Just Joined and tops out at Georg Ohm, the inventor of electric circuits and one of our heroes of tech.

Here’s the list of ranks for our community members.

  • Georg Ohm
  • Alessandro Volta
  • Legend
  • Hero
  • Superstar
  • Community elder
  • Wise owl
  • Trouble shooter
  • Problem sorter
  • Super solver
  • Knows their stuff
  • Well-informed
  • Rising star
  • Fibre optic
  • Superfast
  • Up to speed
  • Dialled in
  • On our wavelength
  • Tuning in
  • Joining in
  • Observer
  • Hanging out
  • Just browsing
  • Settling in
  • Just Joined

Community members progress through the ranks by logging in, posting, commenting, giving and receiving kudos, and marking and making 'helpful answers'. Progress isn’t necessarily linear, activity counts for a lot when you first join us.

And we’ve added extra hero ranks (not shown here) for our long-standing community members to try and unlock.

One more thing. Our Community team, Superusers (more about them in a minute), and special guests have their community role next to their name instead of a rank.