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Ashgarth  (Level: 76.3 - Posts: 2)
Sun, 6th Sep '09 5:46 PM


What do all the different badges and awards stand for? Is there somewhere I can look up the meaning of them? I guess I am just being nosey really, or being onSploofus perhaps I have an enquiring mind!

Godwit  (Level: 81.2 - Posts: 435)
Mon, 7th Sep '09 2:56 PM

I still have no idea on most of them.
Though there is a page that describes some of them. Page, someone who knows, please.

It might help if you are specific, which ones you want to know about.

Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4411)
Mon, 7th Sep '09 4:56 PM

In terms of the category proficiency badges, you can currently earn badges in nine categories -- Physical Science, World Events, Books & Authors, Vocabulary, Geography, Potpourri, Movies & TV, Music & Musicians and Sports Soup. You can exempt yourself from one category. Here's information on how the category proficiency badge system works:

When one first begins playing Sploofus, it is extremely easy to have lots of badges because you have only been asked a few questions in each category. New players only have to answer 3 or 4 questions correctly in a particular category to show 100% proficiency (60% is even easier).

Veteran players who have been served hundreds of questions in each category are at a severe disadvantage to the new players.

To solve this problem, and allow newer player's badges to carry the same significance as a veteran player's badge, the accuracy percentage is adjusted depending on how long you have been playing Sploofus.

Here is the minimum percentage cutoff for diplaying badges, depending on how long you have been Sploofusing:

Less than 2 weeks: 100% accuracy in category
2-4 Weeks: 97% minimum accuracy in category
4-6 Weeks: 94% minimum accuracy in category
6-8 Weeks: 91% minimum accuracy in category
8-10 Weeks: 88% minimum accuracy in category
10-12 Weeks: 85% minimum accuracy in category
12-14 Weeks: 82% minimum accuracy in category
14-16 Weeks: 79% minimum accuracy in category
16-18 Weeks: 76% minimum accuracy in category
18-21 Weeks: 73% minimum accuracy in category
21-25 Weeks: 70% minimum accuracy in category
25-29 Weeks: 67% minimum accuracy in category
29-33 Weeks: 64% minimum accuracy in category
33-37 Weeks: 60% minimum accuracy in category
37-41 Weeks: 55% minimum accuracy in category
42 Weeks or older: 50% minimum accuracy in category
This info can be found in Hotwire here:
It can also be found in Help, under "My category badges are missing."

Let us know what other badges you're interested in learning about, and we'll try to help. And welcome to Sploofus!
-- Geri

Susyq  (Level: 49.9 - Posts: 112)
Mon, 7th Sep '09 4:58 PM

Others can correct me if I've got this wrong (and will, I'm sure...) but here goes:

The first badge on your profile indicates how long you've been a member. You start out with a star and the label "Apprentice I" then proceed through a series of badges that include a few more levels with stars, then some Greek letters, then a picture of Yoda that changes colors a few times (I miss my Yoda!!!), then you get an outline of the Sploofus three-dot logo that gradually fills in. Long-time members have the full three dot logo. The exception is for Platinum membership, which has its own symbol, which looks like the spacecraft Superman traveled to earth in.

There is a special badge for the most prolific quiz authors (Top 10, Top 50, etc.). There may be other badges of this sort, but this is the only one I remember seeing.

The gold nugget and the blue diamond are special prizes that show up occasionally in WordRounds and WordMatches, respectively. If the special prize shows up and you score 100% within 2 minutes, you get the prize. Each of these has a "x [number]" designation on the profile to indicate how many times the player has won it.

The one that looks like a ribbon from the county fair indicates an Editor's Choice award for a well-written quiz. This may also have a "x [number]" designation.

The rest of the badges are awarded for good scores in each category on the Question of the Day. The score you need to maintain to get the badge varies as your TQOTD level increases. If you hover over the badge, it shows the player's cumulative score in that category.

Godwit  (Level: 81.2 - Posts: 435)
Mon, 7th Sep '09 5:03 PM

Good to know a bit of this!
What about the spiky gray/silver one?
And "top 50" or 10 means what? Concluded the month in the top 50? In the top 50 quiz ratings? Thanks...

Oh...also that the badges come and go. You may earn a badge early on, and it disappears. That just means you have dropped below the needed number of questions in that category correct to keep the badge. You'll get it back.

Kaufman  (Level: 267.3 - Posts: 3941)
Mon, 7th Sep '09 6:00 PM

Top 50 in lifetime quizzes authored and published on Sploofus.

Susyq  (Level: 49.9 - Posts: 112)
Mon, 7th Sep '09 6:27 PM

The spiky silver one is the Platinum number badge.

Susyq  (Level: 49.9 - Posts: 112)
Mon, 7th Sep '09 6:29 PM

The "Top 10" or "Top 50" is the quiz writing badge, for the highest number of quizzes written.

Susyq  (Level: 49.9 - Posts: 112)
Mon, 7th Sep '09 6:30 PM

Two posts up -- that should have been Platinum MEMBER, not number

Godwit  (Level: 81.2 - Posts: 435)
Mon, 7th Sep '09 7:20 PM

gotcha, thanks

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