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Re: Skill badges, mentors, and apprentices

From: Peter Lubbers <peterlubbers@google.com>
Date: Sat, 8 Dec 2012 00:26:54 -0800
Message-ID: <CACCmPHxcSnKNtq9xs8j=QYgKoJuWAYLtVp2oN=JygZMoru=osA@mail.gmail.com>
To: Sébastien Desbenoit <seb@desbenoit.net>
Cc: Chris Mills <cmills@w3.org>, Janet Swisher <jswisher@mozilla.com>, public-webplatform@w3.org
Great ideas Chris.
The open badge system would be very cool. We should document the ideas on
this page we started a while back:
http://docs.webplatform.org/wiki/WPD:Community/Contributor_Recognition
--Peter

On Fri, Dec 7, 2012 at 11:47 AM, Sébastien Desbenoit <seb@desbenoit.net>wrote:

> Hello!
>
> Le 7 déc. 2012 à 17:57, Chris Mills <cmills@w3.org> a écrit :
>
> On 7 Dec 2012, at 16:51, Janet Swisher <jswisher@mozilla.com> wrote:
>
> On 12/7/12 6:14 AM, Chris Mills wrote:
>
> (Another action item form the last general meeting - write this up as a
> formal proposal. I thought I'd send my initial thoughts around for comment
> first, before recording them on the site anywhere)
>
> We should start a system whereby people are given recognition for the
> skills they possess, as well as the contributions they have made to the
> site. So for contributions, you could have badges for
>
> * Q&A moderator
> * Numbers of answers in Q&A
> * IRC moderator
> * Number of new articles
> * Number of edits
> * Number of template updates
> * Translations contributed
>
> And then for skills, you could have
>
> * Editor
> * Writer
> * Template ninja
> * Design smarts (for those like Seb and Lea, who have contributed styling)
> * International superhero: Germany, or France, etc. (awarded for certain
> language contributions)
> * Domain expert: HTML, or CSS (you have certain specific knowledge of
> different subjects)
>
> This would act as recognition, as well as letting others know what skills
> you have, so they can determine who best to approach if they have a query
> or problem.
>
> Moving on from this, we should also run a system whereby experts in
> different skills should act as mentors for those who want to learn. This is
> especially relevant to WPD specific skills like editing and template
> modification, but could perhaps be extended to other things. The idea would
> be that the mentor could train the apprentice in that specific skill, and
> then once the mentor is satisfied that the apprentice has reached a certain
> level of proficiency, award them a skill badge to say so.
>
> This would probably require the creation of a nice new icon set for this
> purpose. Would Mozilla's open badges project have anything to help with
> this?
>
>
> Mozilla Open Badges (http://openbadges.org) provides infrastructure for
> issuing, displaying, and verifying badges, but it doesn't provide pre-made
> icons for badges. Both the visual presentation and the criteria for a badge
> are up to the issuer. (It seems to me that the icon for a badge should be
> unique to the issuer and the criteria. Reusing an icon could lead to
> confusion about what it represents.)
>
>
> I guess, although this does kind of contradict what we said the other day
> about using established conventions. But then there is a difference between
> using an established convention, and using the exact same badge. If the
> meaning of awards differs between different sites, that could certainly
> cause confusion
>
> (blah blah, train of thought, stream of consciousness ;-) )
>
>
> Perhaps, it's not about the pictograms but more about the color styles. I
> have a coworker who illustrates and want to be involved a little in
> webplatform. If it's ok for you, I can ask her and we can work together to
> create badges with WPD style once the concepts of each one are ok.
>
>
>
> However, I'd be delighted if WPD used the Open Badges framework for
> issuing badges. I'd be happy to connect you with people on the Open Badges
> project to discuss further.
>
>
> Yeah, we should definitely at least consider this idea more. I'd be happy
> to look into using it.
>
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