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August 2016 Update: Please see the Site-Wide 1-year initiative for bonus offers: Geek Citizenship Stars

It's been a while since I've run any sort of initiative and it's time to get back into the swing of things. This is a good time to do it - before Virtuacon gets rolling!

Announcing the Geek Citizenship Recognition microbadges.

mb - Level I - One small step for geek... One giant leap for geek-kind!
mb - Level II - If I have seen further, it's only by standing on the apex of other's dice.
mb - Level III - Are we geeks because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at them because we are geeks?
mb - Level IV - The journey of a thousand crits begins with a single roll...
mb - Level V - My God! It's Full of Stars!

These special star awards are gifted by your fellow geeks. Here are the rules for gifting:

Each geek (whether or not they already have a star) can gift one star per calendar month (a calendar month starts on the 1st and ends at midnight before the next 1st of the month). When a new month starts, you cannot go back and gift for a previous month - do not ask.
Do not discuss any plots, schemes, strategies or ponzi schemes (in public or private) for gifting these to each other. If I find out, they will be stripped from all involved.
Do not use a 2nd account (sock puppet, etc) of any kind to gift anyone a star. I also ask that spouses and significant others refrain from gifting eachother a star.
Once gifted, you cannot change your mind.
You may not gift a 2nd star to the same person ever.
Do not reveal to whom you have gifted a star - this remains anonymous.
Please check that the person you want to gift a star to doesn't already have all five stars (it will save us all time)
Geekmail me privately with the username of the person you are gifting a star to. They will automatically get the next star level tier based on any stars they may have previously received.

That's it.

Think of these stars as a kind of Uber Thumb for other geeks you really enjoy here on the boards for any reason. It's an award given by the people for the people and without much in the way of criteria.

These sorts of awards are not often well liked by everyone because folks feel it turns into a popularity contest. I suppose so... thumbs and Geek of the Week are similar but I liken this to thumbs because the (admittedly short) supply renews every month. I am not making this post site-wide (as i didn't vet it through Aldie)... only for the RPG side though it is, obviously, open to everyone on any domain.

When you send me your names, please use the [username=xxxxx] tag so that the candidates appear as:

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It makes it easier for me to gift the micros. Also, after I acknowledge your gift, there is no need to thank me which further piles up my geekmails


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I am making the list public because it will save me time from having to apply a filter and inform the person who did the nominations... and this has already got me stretched thin! If you want to be on the list, just let me know.
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I think this is a good idea.

of course, suggesting only three this time was difficult. I can't imagine how it will be when I only get one.
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And here...
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Love that idea Dave. It's gonna be hard choosing though...
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Which has brought a tear to my old eyes.
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sdonohue wrote:
of course, suggesting only three this time was difficult. I can't imagine how it will be when I only get one.


Brutal. I'm embarrassed at my oversights.
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Great idea. Community driven awards will be a nice kudos for the really active geeks and those who contribute in unique ways.
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Great idea! I've already distributed those that I can.
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Sounds really nice I'll have to get on it when I can get back to the computer (I dislike doing much on these cell phones). Thanks!
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Great idea!
I will have to ponder about my vote! meeple

Should the mb overtext include something like "RPGGeek" or is it obvious because the mb is in the RPG tier?
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No. doesn't need RPGGeek in the title as it's available to any geek. I just don't feel comfortable running this site-wide
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Great idea!

If we nominate someone who already has five stars (either through obliviousness, or because they've already been nominated for their fifth star but haven't received it yet), do we get our nomination back?

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dysjunct wrote:
Great idea!

If we nominate someone who already has five stars (either through obliviousness, or because they've already been nominated for their fifth star but haven't received it yet), do we get our nomination back?


Yes, you would get it back. Do try to see if someone already got their fifth star, however, as it will save time and effort

The first two to reach 5 stars are:

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If anyone believes those two shouldn't be the first to reach five stars, I hereby challenge your belief system!
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Thanks everyone.

I can think of quite a few people who should have reached 5 stars ahead of me. I'm sure they won't be far behind.
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I would worry that with every active geek getting three stars now and then one per month, and with no "overflow", star inflation would set in pretty soon. Everyone but those of us whose favourite words are "bah, humbug" will be walking around with three or four of the things before long. Bah!

Random questions:

* I assume the giver of a star is always anonymous?

* Weird hypothetical case: Bob gets two stars, deletes his first star, then gets another star. Does he get the third star, or does the new star refill his first slot?

* Will you keep track of who gave whom a star in a big database and ban everyone who does try to give another star to the same person?
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wavemotion wrote:
The first two to reach 5 stars are:

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If anyone believes those two shouldn't be the first to reach five stars, I hereby challenge your belief system!


I must admit one of these was among the first three people I thought of. You'll never guess which one.
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Kaffedrake wrote:
Random questions:

* I assume the giver of a star is always anonymous?

* Weird hypothetical case: Bob gets two stars, deletes his first star, then gets another star. Does he get the third star, or does the new star refill his first slot?

* Will you keep track of who gave whom a star in a big database and ban everyone who does try to give another star to the same person?

1. Yes, always anonymous.
2. If he deletes the next star would fill that slot.
3. No. I will be using memory and honor system. I may look back at my geek mails if I suspect issues.

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OK, so I'm a bit thick.

HOW... how do I "gift" one of these to somebody?
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ctimmins wrote:
OK, so I'm a bit thick.

HOW... how do I "gift" one of these to somebody?

Geek mail me the three usernames. Simple!
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Kaffedrake wrote:
I would worry that with every active geek getting three stars now and then one per month, and with no "overflow", star inflation would set in pretty soon. Everyone but those of us whose favourite words are "bah, humbug" will be walking around with three or four of the things before long. Bah!

The way I see it... if I had started this last year (when I first had the idea but not the time), folks like Jonna and Steve and about 15 others would have their 5 stars by now. So the 3 stars per geek for the coming week just gets us past the obvious eventuality and saves everyone time! It means we don't have to waste 3 months getting to a good starting point
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Wow, I just saw my geekmail with five new microbadges and then ventured into this thread to see what it is all about. You guys nearly made me cry, I'm very touched by this. I'd like to say so much more, but I'm feeling pretty speechless right now.

Thank you so much!!!!!
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Wow, I just saw my geekmail with five new microbadges and then ventured into this thread to see what it is all about. You guys nearly made me cry, I'm very touched by this. I'd like to say so much more, but I'm feeling pretty speechless right now.

Thank you so much!!!!!


Hey, that frees up one of my nominations at least
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I am stunned!modest


Well deserved, Mavis.

You too, Jonna and Steve. And Evil Bob. And Bruce. My gosh, it's a love fest!
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