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Microbadge Design and Submission
This page provides useful information for the design and submission of Microbadges.
It should be noted that the approval of microbadges is handled differently depending on the type of badge being submitted. Most, but not all, information shown in this page also applies to RPG and video game microbadges. Please check Where can I find the updated submission rules? further down this page for information on the specific submission guidelines associated with each type of microbadge.
How do I make a new microbadge?
Use the information on this page to assist in designing, receiving feedback on, and submitting new microbadge designs.
What is the current process for submission and approval of microbadges?
Links present in the flowchart:
Who can I contact if I have questions about the process?
The best starting point is to submit a question on the Microbadge Submissions, Design, and Feedback thread.
Table of Contents
Before Starting Design
What makes a good microbadge?
What content is allowed for new microbadges?
A few things are NOT allowed:
Some microbadges have been archived (made unavailable for purchase) after approval due to not being compliant with the above rules and generally not being appropriate. Furthermore, some microbadges have been archived for copyright reasons (Wizards of the Coast does not want their Magic: The Gathering mana symbols used in these manners, so mana symbol microbadges are not allowed). For the full list of archived badges, please refer to the Archived Microbadges wiki page.
May I create a non-purchasable, special award microbadge?
Certain microbadges exist as special awards for contributions or for specific participation, effort, or involvement inside or outside the Geek websites. These special microbadges are not available for purchase and are either automatically or manually awarded. See more about special microbadges at the main Microbadges wikipage.
User-designed special microbadges generally fall into the manually-award category. Due to the high volume of special award microbadges, a would-be designer of a special award microbadge should first find one or more willing site Admins who will help with near- and/or long-term distribution. The would-be designer should also gain permission from the microbadge administrator. When submitting a special award microbadge for approval, include in the "Admin note" on the microbadge submission form a message specifically requesting that the microbadge be non-purchasable.
How do I see what microbadges have already been approved?
How do I see what microbadges are pending approval?
The full list of pending microbadges can be found at the Pending Microbadge Designs page.
May I submit a new microbadge for something that already has a microbadge?
A new badge for a subject that has already been represented can be allowed if the new submission is sufficiently different, or if it is a significant improvement over existing designs. These types of situations will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
How do I make a new image for a microbadge?
Microbadges are made from digital images. A wide variety of graphics and photo editing software packages can be used to generate the images. Using a graphics software package:
Where can I get help on making a microbadge?
Here are some other resources to aid in microbadge design:
Is transparency required for microbadges?
Except for special cases, any microbadge image that entails a symbol, emblem, or image on a white background should have the white background pixels replaced with transparent pixels. A microbadge image that fills the entire 16x16 grid with colored pixels, also known as a "square" microbadge, does not require transparency.
Note: some designers recommend that even "square" microbadges should have some partial transparency (or in lieu of partial transparency then general lightening) applied to the four corners of the image to reduce the "harshness" of the corners.
How do I give my microbadge a transparent background?
Different graphics and photo editing software packages handle this differently. A common theme for this software genre are the actions of activating, adding, or turning on transparency or an alpha channel and then using the eraser (or similar) tool to remove the unnecessary white pixels. One relatively simple method using a free open-source image editing program called "The Gimp" is discussed in the Microbadge transparency wiki. If you don't have The Gimp, and are unwilling or unable to download it, consult the Help menu of your individual software package for more information.
Microbadge Peer Review
Do I need to receive feedback on my design before it is submitted for approval?
Yes, every submitted microbadge must undergo a peer-review process. The peer-review is mostly for checking quality and appropriateness of the new badge; your peers will also be eager to provide comments on how the badge might be improved.
How do I receive feedback on my design before it is submitted for approval?
In order to receive feedback, you should post your new design to the Microbadge Submissions, Design, and Feedback thread, asking for comments. You can, if you desire, include a poll on whether the badge should be accepted or not, or if it needs work. It is highly recommended that you post the complete name, mouseover and category in which the new microbadge is to be placed, along with the image.
The flowchart shown in the beginning of this page describes all the steps you should perform to receive feedback on your badge.
How do I upload a design for review?
You may upload PNG or GIF (that are the only formats for which image transparency is maintained, and the appropriate microbadge image formats) to your personal image gallery by proceeding to your user profile and selecting the gallery tab.
If you have problems uploading with the default uploader, use the Ajax Uploader by clicking on the appropriate link on the image upload page.
How do I display an uploaded design image in a post?
If you uploaded your image to your BGG user Gallery, visit your user Gallery and obtain the ImageID number of your image by clicking on it. In the post, use this notation: [ImageID=#####] or [ImageID=##### inline]. If you uploaded your image to a different website, use the Insert external image tool.
How do I display a microbadge (whether approved or pending) in a post?
To display a microbadge in a post you should use the microbadge tag, [microbadge=#####], replacing ##### with the microbadge's ID. For example, [microbadge=229] is displayed as .
Another method used to display microbadges will permanently display the microbadge name adjacent to the image as a link to the specific microbadge's page. The formatting for this method includes closing coding, such as [microbadge=#####][/microbadge]. For example, [microbadge=229][/microbadge] is displayed as Golden Meeple.
NOTE: It is not recommended to use both microbadge display methods in the same post as the display results can be mismatched. (A manual workaround was employed here.)
How do I create a poll?
When posting on the forum, simply click on the icon and follow the instructions. More information can be found at poll.
If you are trying to add a poll to another area of the site that is not a forum post (e.g., to a geeklist item), the poll option is not readily available. In order to add a poll to any such item, you must create a forum post (just click on reply on any post) and click the appropriate button. After creating the poll, your non-submitted forum post should contain a poll tag, such as [poll=1234567890]. Simply copy that text to wherever you want to post the poll and cancel the forum post (i.e., don't submit it).
Microbadge Submission and Approval
Where can I find the updated submission rules?
Depending on the subject of the microbadge, the current microbadge submission and approval rules can be found at:
How do I submit a new design for approval?
Submit your new design with the Create Microbadge form (after it has gained enough support in the relevant discussion thread).
Who is the microbadge administrator?
The current microbadge administrator is cscottk. The administrator has the final word in regards to all microbadge approvals and also performs all microbadge recategorizations and other similar tasks. In the past the microbadge administrator role was filled by Lajos and jgrundy.
What am I supposed to put in the "Admin note" on the microbadge submission form?
You must provide the link to the post in the Microbadge Submissions, Design, and Feedback thread in which you submitted the microbadge for peer review. You may also provide any further information you deem necessary.
If the microbadge has been pre-approved to be a special award (non-purchasable) microbadge, include in the "Admin note" a reminder statement that the microbadge should be non-purchasable.
What is a microbadge "Category"?
Microbadges are organized in categories (and possibly sub-categories) according to what they depict. For example, an Agricola fan microbadge should be placed in category Games, sub-category A. The full list of categories and sub-categories can be found at the Microbadge Search Page.
What is a microbadge's "Name", "Grouping Description", "Mouseover" and "Wiki Description"?
It should be noted that organizing microbadges via the grouping description field is not clearly defined and inconsistent throughout the database. In the examples above, the Oscar the Grouch fan microbadges have the same grouping description as other Sesame Street microbadges, whereas the I pimped Agricola microbadge is not paired with the other regular Agricola fan microbadges. Common sense, above all else, should be used.
Are there any guidelines for a microbadge's "Name", "Grouping Description" or "Mouseover"?
No, not really, although trying to maintain some consistency with existing badges is desired.
If microbadges already exist for a given subject, the new badge should be paired up with the existing ones using the grouping description field (besides obviously being placed in the same category/sub-category). For example, if a new Agricola microbadge is submitted, its grouping description should be Agricola fan.
Note that the text string is limited to 256 characters for a microbadge's Mouseover and to 64 characters for a microbadge's Name.
How do I determine the "Grouping Description" of an existing, related microbadge so that I can match it?
The "Grouping Description" for an existing microbadge can be found on the microbadge's webpage. To visit the microbadge's page, click on the microbadge. Adjacent to the creator information, there are headings for "Name," "Group," and "Num Owners." At the bottom of the "Group" section in black letters is the "Grouping Description" for the microbadge.
In many cases the microbadge "Grouping Descriptions" are the same as the microbadge name.
After submitting a new design, you can see if other microbadges are grouped with it by looking at the submitted microbadge's entry at Pending Microbadge Designs list.
How do I check the status of a microbadge submission?
Go to Pending Microbadge Designs and scroll through the list, or manually go to http://geekdo.com/microbadge/#####.
How do I determine the reference number for my yet-to-be-approved microbadge?
You can do it in exactly the same manner as for already approved microbadges. If you search through the Pending Microbadge Designs list, you should find your microbadge in the pending queue.
What do I do if I decide I want to change my microbadge image submission or grouping description/name/mouseover before it is approved?
If you wish to change any part of your pending microbadge submission, you should remove it from the pending microbadge queue and resubmit it with the necessary changes. Please read the following entry for more information on removing a pending submission. The Wiki Description field is editable even when the microbadge has yet to be approved, by clicking on it and selecting the edit option.
How can I delete a microbadge submission?
If the microbadge has not yet been approved, you should locate the microbadge in question on the Pending Microbadge Designs page and click the Remove your own submission link that you can find there.
How do I know if/when my microbadge is approved or rejected?
When a microbadge is approved or rejected, a geekmail is sent to the microbadge's designer notifying him/her of the microbadge's status change.
How long does it take for a submitted microbadge to get approved?
There is no pre-determined time period for microbadge approval, it can take anywhere between a few minutes to a couple of weeks. When a microbadge is approved (or rejected), the badge's creator will receive a geekmail informing him/her of that occurence, so designers need only be patient.
If my microbadge design is approved, do I get a copy of it?
No, microbadge designers are not given a copy of their badges; they must purchase them like any other user. Designers are rewarded with 0.25 GeekGold for each sale of one of their microbadge designs.
How do I suggest or request a new microbadge design?
You may request a new microbadge in the Microbadge Request & Design Feedback Geeklist - 5th edition [CLOSED] geeklist.
How do I suggest a change to a name, spelling, or categorization for a microbadge that has already been approved?
In order to request a change to an existing microbadge, please post details of the appropriate change in the Fixes and Clean-up for Existing Microbadges thread.
How can I see all of my approved microbadge designs or those of another user?
You can enter the user's username in the appropriate textbox at the Complete Microbadge List page to see the list of microbadges created by that user.
What will happen if/when another user buys one of my microbadge designs?
Microbadge designers are rewarded with 0.25 GeekGold for each sale of one of their microbadge designs. No other awards are given, nor are microbadge designers entitled to their own creations (if they wish, they must buy their own microbadges just like any other user).
Will I be notified when another user buys one of my microbadge designs?
No, notification of microbadge sales do not exist. You can check your sales in your collected GeekGold page, which can be accessed via your profile, Geekstuff tab, Collected GeekGold option.
Will I receive a free copy of the microbadge I designed?
No. You will still receive the .25 GeekGold commission, however, which will be a rebate of sorts. Therefore purchasing a badge of your own design only effectively costs 7.75 GeekGold.
The Badges I posted are Piled up Vertically instead of Horizontally
In forum posts, you can also add the text inline with SPACES to place images next to each other horizontally or inline with text.
My boardgame/RPG/videogame related microbadge isn't showing up on BGG's entry for that game
That is normal, as the process is in no way automated and must be performed manually (if the microbadge designer or any other user so desires, as it is not a mandatory action). References to game microbadges should be added to the "More Information" section of games' pages. To add your microbadge to the game's page, simply edit the "More Information" section and add references to the appropriate badge(s). It should go without saying that you should add all applicable microbadges to the appropriate section of a given database item, not just the one(s) you designed for it.
An example of the complete wiki code to be added is:
''' [[Microbadges]] '''
* [microbadge=619] [geekurl=/microbadge/619 Command & Colors Ancients fan]
which results in
The above example includes a small header (linking to the Microbadge wiki entry, and the list of badges available for the game. The badges' IDs (written twice for each badge) and the badges' name must be specified.
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