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RE: Skill badges, mentors, and apprentices

From: Eliot Graff <Eliot.Graff@microsoft.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2013 17:32:49 +0000
To: Scott Rowe <scottrowe@google.com>, Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org>
CC: Chris Mills <cmills@opera.com>, "public-webplatform@w3.org" <public-webplatform@w3.org>
Message-ID: <CE3A5BFD1228D84A8D9C158EEC195FD53F63192D@TK5EX14MBXW601.wingroup.windeploy.ntdev.microsoft.com>
>> this is precisely the kind of thing we can ask the community in the survey I'm developing.

Looking forward to the survey. That's very exciting. It'll be interesting to see how representative a community we have right now to get a good feel for the acceptability of "fun" tags. May I suggest, though, that we create a core set of "tame" badges and labels  and think about a community process for extensibility of these badges post-beta.

One other thing that comes to mind is the potential difficulty of localizing "cute" names for our international friends.



From: Scott Rowe [mailto:scottrowe@google.com]
Sent: Thursday, January 24, 2013 8:12 AM
To: Doug Schepers
Cc: Chris Mills; public-webplatform@w3.orgad<mailto:public-webplatform@w3.orgad>
Subject: Re: Skill badges, mentors, and apprentices

On Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 7:33 AM, Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org<mailto:schepers@w3.org>> wrote:
call them what they are: experts. It has more gravitas.

I agree, Doug. It's one thing when the moniker is self-applied: an act of self-deprecation meant to take some of the bloat out of the title, and some companies let us do this with titles in the workplace as a way of distinguishing ourselves as just one of the guys - "Chief Caffeine Engineer," and the like. But when one is getting recognized for real accomplishments independent of his or her persona, self-deprecation seems - to me anyway - counter-productive.

However, this is precisely the kind of thing we can ask the community in the survey I'm developing. I'll add it in there, and expect to have the survey out for review today. Stay tuned.

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