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Re: Skill badges, mentors, and apprentices

From: Sébastien Desbenoit <seb@desbenoit.net>
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2013 17:05:23 +0100
Cc: Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org>, Chris Mills <cmills@opera.com>, "public-webplatform@w3.org" <public-webplatform@w3.org>
Message-Id: <82AF37BC-3679-4181-83FD-D741CD882E47@desbenoit.net>
To: Julee <julee@adobe.com>
So, I must watch to much cartoons to love those designations :) 

Le 24 janv. 2013 à 17:01, Julee <julee@adobe.com> a écrit :

> +1 grumpy old man against cutesy-label-of-the-day.
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org>
> Date: Thursday, January 24, 2013 7:33 AM
> To: Chris Mills <cmills@opera.com>
> Cc: "public-webplatform@w3.org" <public-webplatform@w3.org>
> Subject: Re: Skill badges, mentors, and apprentices
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>> Hi, Chris-
>> 
>> Thanks for kicking this off again. I'd really like to move forward on
>> this.
>> 
>> On 12/7/12 7:14 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)
>> 
>> Am I alone in being a grumpy old man who dislikes the whole "pirate /
>> ninja / guru / wizard / cutesy-label-of-the-day" designation? I
>> understand that it's meant to be fun, and I don't want to be a killjoy,
>> but something about it comes off as simply trying too hard. (I
>> especially abhor it when someone refers to themselves with one of these
>> monikers.) I'd prefer to play it a bit straight here, and call them what
>> they are: experts. It has more gravitas.
>> 
>> Maybe I'm being too much of a stick in the mud?
>> 
>> 
>>> 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 is great.
>> 
>>> 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?
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> Regards-
>> -Doug
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