Badges for milestones

@mrquartz7 Ah, I get it now. Thank you

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No worries, was unsure if you were aware or not there was an existing one :slight_smile:

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Hope to see more badges, good list in this thread. «Complete a street consisting of X nodes» could also be a fun challenge

Would be nice with a list showing all available badges achieved or not

That page is linked from the top left menu, but it needs a lot of design work

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Unlike tying any of the leaderboards or competitive stuff to nodes, I think it’s harmless to have node-based badges and even kind of fun. Incentivize folks who live in grid places to go find a long curvy road (or a short one with a lot of nodes heh). Great ideas!

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I’m afraid to do this… I’ll stick with knowing I’m 100% without flipping a switch, that I may want to un-flip. Don’t want the CS servers burning through too many CPU cycles. :slight_smile:

^^^ Meant to add that to previous post. :upside_down_face:

How about creating a Badge for taking part in the Inaugural Global Running Day. If I recall correctly, striders had to opt in for that challenge day.

Looking forward to the Nodevember challenge, especially viewing the world map and seeing the many streets completed.

Maybe another badge if you finish in the top percentile or place for a challenge like Global Running Day or Nodevember.

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I’m with you…

The idea that “hard” more is the proper way is a little insulting to be honest. I have had to rerun streets because of GPS inaccuracy even without hard mode. I can’t imagine the landmine of nodes I might have if I switched to hard mode because my GPS drifted. Personally I would rather run new roads than worry about GPS issues on past runs or spend time trying to learn and update OSM for everything or trying to tresmap…though I have done more tresmapping than I should have…

Even with hard mode you can skip streets. I looked at someone with 100% completion on a city here and their map was littered with streets that they did not do simply because the node placement did not ensure completion. Though not gonna lie I could be motivated to update OSM to stick nodes on the parts of these streets I see people skipping haha.

As for badging

  • Bad for street completion…this should not simply be 1000, 2000, 3000 etc but rather make it more difficult for each one. 50–>250–>500->1000–>2500–>5000–>1000. Create smaller steps for those starting out but make the badging harder as you go.
  • Badges for the number of cities or countries run
  • Badge if you run 100 roads in a day
  • Badge for some monthly milestone, you could get a new one each month you accomplish it. Make it something reasonable enough for people to want to try to get. Maybe 50 roads

Agreed. For me, hitting all the nodes isn’t hard. What is hard is looking closely at the city you think you have completed and on close inspection seeing you missed a sliver of a street where all nodes were hit, but you just missed that small segment. Having to go back to a “completed” street just to get those last 20 yards is my hard mode.


Yeah exactly! I have a little cul-de-sac off a main road that got completed by GPS drift, I will go back to complete it. My hard mode is running all the random trail systems and cemeteries which may not count for runs but are my fave part of mapping.


Totally agree with that!

This idea is probably not realistic as it would involve a ridiculous amount of (manual) work, but what about badges with a city herb? So one could get a unique badge when finishing Berlin, Warsaw, London, New York, etc?


@aschotmans, that’s a cool idea. Would not be too much work if James let the first to complete a city, upload the badge for that city. :slight_smile:


Have you considered offering a badge for users based on the number of cities they have recorded progress in? Some people run mostly in one area, while others travel extensively. It would be fun to encourage exploration by rewarding visiting new places.

Yeah, I’ve got a list of badge ideas :sweat_smile: many of which came from the thread that I merged your post into just now.

Most of the ideas don’t require a ton of technical effort, but a big blocker to getting these out there is that every one includes a pile of design work.

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Since the topic of Badges have recently come back on the forums, maybe some sort of badge idea for those that participated to get more people joining in. A new badge popping up on people’s profiles may get people talking/motivated :laughing:.

Maybe one of a Jack-o-lantern. Just my two cents. Thanks again James!

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Definitely! Luckily, I’ll be able to retroactively give out those badges as soon as I create them (Global Running Day, Nodevember, National Walking Day, and Nightmare RUN).

I’ll probably create a badge for each year, as well. So people can earn multiple badges for participating each year.


Persistence Badge. Going back to a city after an update that caused you to dip below 100% and getting it back to 100%. Badge could have a counter in it as well (instead of a separate badge) showing how many times the user has done this. I’m sure some of us have re-finished cities and towns dozens of times by now!


Love it. Need to re visit my old hood, because I found three new streets, and did the OSM edit… Forcing me to go back!


Great idea! I’d love to have a counter - I’ve finished Northampton, MA three times now and probably will do so again.