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    Map Maker Badges

    I was just noticing that Map Maker has new badges to identify different types of reviewers. At least I THINK this is a new feature.

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    What do you think the implications of these are?

    Is this more reason to have a dedicated MM pro on your team who makes all your teams edits and earns the top badges?

    Will attaining these badges help to get your edits approved faster and more frequently?
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    Re: Map Maker Badges

    Hmmm, great catch Colan. Very cool and news to me!

    I'm sure Gregg and Andrew will be by to share what they think about this.
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    Re: Map Maker Badges

    Quote Originally Posted by Colan Nielsen View Post
    I was just noticing that Map Maker has new badges to identify different types of reviewers. At least I THINK this is a new feature.

    Map Maker Badges - Map Maker Help
    It is indeed a new feature as of this morning.

    Quote Originally Posted by Colan Nielsen View Post
    What do you think the implications of these are?
    If Foursquare, Untappd and Boy/Girl Scouts are the barometers of how badges help drive engagement I think it will only help encourage people to become more engaged across the platform (making edits, reviews, hosting/attending mapups, etc.)

    Quote Originally Posted by Colan Nielsen View Post
    Is this more reason to have a dedicated MM pro on your team who makes all your teams edits and earns the top badges?
    Sure, but the badges just indicate how involved someone is at this point. I suppose its always good to include the best.

    Quote Originally Posted by Colan Nielsen View Post
    Will attaining these badges help to get your edits approved faster and more frequently?
    Not necessarily. Trust in reviewing is segmented by feature type, location and the magic number Google assigns you based on how 'trustworthy' you are. Make more intersections edits, get more trust. However, that trust is limited by the priority of the road. Trust for lower priority roads is different that that of freeways.

    I like the badges and believe it will drive more people to mapping. Also, it makes the Profile page look more attractive. Now if they will just add further enhancements.

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    Re: Map Maker Badges

    Thanks Andrew. I agree the badges should encourage more people to start mapping, editing...etc.

    I also like the new format that MM displays all your previous edits. Kind of like a real-time ticker thing on the left side that shows new approvals and denials as they come in with the thumbs-up or down symbol.
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