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Badge

Badge allows users to display a simple graphical "badge" that signifies membership with a particular group or project in a weblog signature. It is the digital analogue of an "I Voted" sticker, or the countless other bumper stickers given out by non-profit groups. Badge is a reasonably secure system for adding images to weblog singatures in a controlled way. IMG tags are generated dynamically by the weblog software, and since IMG tags are not normally allowed in weblog singatures, this should be pretty hard to forge. The Badge "server" generates the badge image on the fly.

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  •  08 Jan 2001 11:04

    Release Notes: Initial release.

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    14 Jan 2001 20:54 eries

    clearer explanation
    I know there has been some confusion about what this project is all about. What follows is the text of an email I've been sending out in response to inquiries:


    Sorry for the confusion. It's a bit tricky to explain succinctly. Let me
    give you some background, with a concrete example that should make it
    clear. I just started working on this so I'm still learning how to explain
    it best.



    By "weblogs" I am referring to Slashdot-like systems, such as Slashcode,
    Scoop (which powers Kuro5hin.org) and other similar sites. These systems
    allow users to post comments with a signature, as you know. Typically,
    this signature can only contain text and HTML - but no graphics. The badge
    system allows users to have a special graphic inserted into their
    signature that is linked to the membership database of some third-party,
    like a non-profit organization. These images are generated dynamically and
    more-or-less securely, so they are difficult to forge.


    About a week ago, I read an article on Slashdot about a program to help
    build new high-tech Cambodian elementary schools
    (http://www.cambodiaschools.com if you're interested). I've been working
    on getting a "Team Slashdot" effort together
    (http://members.home.com/cambodiaschools if you're interested) to raise
    the money in small increments to build this school, with help from the
    Slashdot Effect. Badge is an effort to allow people to gain recognition
    from their peers for their contributions to this project. However, I hope
    that other groups, like the EFF, will also provide this capability.

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