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What is it about Microbadges? Why do people use them? Why do people desire them?

Not really understanding what it's all about and, well, simply curious.
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To show off your good taste in music, literature, movies, sports, opinions or whatever?
Why do you sport your geek veteran badge?
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Why do you sport your geek veteran badge?


I'm not sure. It was given me by BGG back when. I don't recall adding it or how that's done. Maybe added myself, or maybe BGG added it for me for all I remember.
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Microbadges provide a way for Geeks to express their personalities. They add a dash of colour, and help to make this two-dimensional experience into something more like 3-D, even if it never reaches that plane.

I was against them at first because they seem like noisome clutter. They still add clutter, but they also add colour.

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MaxSewell wrote:
What is it about Microbadges? Why do people use them?


Because a microbadge allows me to make a comment without the risk of getting banned by [REDACTED] or starting a flame war.

For example: mb

Microbadges also show "support" for various board games, designers, or publishers.

They're often funny, too.
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Well, you know what they say about pieces of flair: You know it's up to you whether or not you want to just do the bare minimum.

And oooh, gotta get that one Pete Belli just shared... and thanks to Wade, I could afford it -- thank you!
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Does anybody know why micro badges look so fuzzy or unclear? To me they look out of focus, especially faces.

Is Aldie and company 'limiting' the pixels for bandwidth issues, or is it just hard to represent images that small?

I would think the 'A' in Oakland Athletics for example could be done cleaner looking, because I can do small fonts in a text editor and it look clear, but faces probably would be harder.

I try looking at the badges, but their fuzziness gives me a headache.
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From a marketing perspective, for-profits like badges so that people self-identify and tag their accounts with demographic information that can be used to determine what ads show up on your web pages. If you don't buy them, you get them free so that you're providing more information about yourself.

Yet despite having no inclinations of having eurogame interests, I get ads for many games I would never care to play. So I suspect that they're not being used to a great extent by the owners.

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Some people never use microbadges.

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KT55 wrote:
Does anybody know why micro badges look so fuzzy or unclear? To me they look out of focus, especially faces....

I would think the 'A' in Oakland Athletics for example could be done cleaner looking, because I can do small fonts in a text editor and it look clear, but faces probably would be harder.
16x16 pixels doesn't give much space to work with.

You get some badges (particularly older ones, like Pete's mb) that adhere strictly to hard color assignments and straight lines of the sort that can be banged out in Paint, but more complex designs (like mb) use Gaussian blur (or similar) techniques to represent detailed designs in a small space.

So, could you do "A's" more clearly in that space? Sure. Could you do it more clearly in that space while preserving the particular typography? That's tough. All that said, faces are really hard to reproduce and I tend to find those badges unsatisfactory as well.
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Some people never use microbadges.

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You changed your avatar. New Year's Resolution?
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MaxSewell wrote:
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You changed your avatar. New Year's Resolution?

Thanks, now I know what irritated me about that post...
 
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MaxSewell wrote:
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You changed your avatar. New Year's Resolution?


Just figured a shot of myself was getting old. As am I, come to think of it...

Amendment: If I am going to make a New Year's resolution, I suspect it'll have something to do with finally buying a dice tower.
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I don’t use them and I have no idea what they all stand for anyway as they are so small and unreadable.
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They are a testament to the first graphic design on the interwebs. This whole website is a museum.
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MaxSewell wrote:

What is it about Microbadges?

There's only one that's actually worth displaying - check the mouse-over text under my avatar!
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Seriously, I had all this gg burning a hole in my pocket so I just used it on crap I like. Yay Ameritrash and meat!
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Well, you know what they say about pieces of flair: You know it's up to you whether or not you want to just do the bare minimum.

And oooh, gotta get that one Pete Belli just shared... and thanks to Wade, I could afford it -- thank you!
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Well, hey Christina, don't stop there! Get yourself another of these valuable trophies that just scream to the world "I'm a gamer!" I know I'm amassing quite a collection myself.
LOL!
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Mallet wrote:
Some people never use microbadges.

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Some also only drink tap water.
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The same as for real badges.

The point of real badges is very sharp. I frankly prefer stickers, but we don't have microstickers. And if we did have microstickers, folks would start going on about legacy games again...

Sorry, what was the question?
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