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Hey guys. I've added a new feature to the web site: Badges. This is both for fun, and to help with online help and conversations.

A lot of the time when I go to answer some of your questions in the Forums, or on a class page, I have to look up your record in my customer database so I know what level to answer your question at. If you're just a Beginner user, then I know I have to answer your question a certain way. If you're a Developer user, you might get a different answer. I've also noticed a lot of you helping each other in the Forums, which is fantastic. So this will help you also know what kind of a user you're having a conversation with. Plus, it's fun!

Access Beginner - Started
This user has started the Access Beginner series
Access Beginner - Completed
This user has completed all of the classes in the Access Beginner series
Access Expert - Started
This user has started the Access Expert series
Access Expert - Completed
This user has completed all of the classes in the Access Expert series
Access Developer - Started
This user has started the Access Developer series
Access Developer - Completed
This user has completed all of the classes in the Access Developer series

Also, the customer database server in my office has to re-upload all of your accounts to the web site. This may take a little while, so if you don't see badges next to your name, don't panic. They're coming.

I'm going to be adding new badges in the coming days, including badges for other course types (Access is the big one, but Excel and ASP are also popular topics). I'm also going to be adding badges for Learning Connection and MYOLP members, long-time customers (1-year, 5-year, 10-year, etc.) and of course Alex wants a Forum Admin badge. 

Lots more coming. Right now I just have the Access badges. You can earn up to three of these. A lot of you are missing Access Beginner 1, so you may not get the Completed badge for the Beginner series. This is because B1 is free on the web site and on YouTube and a lot of you didn't buy it (rightfully so). I'm going to program in something to ignore that soon so you get the full badge if you have B2-B9. This is still a brand new feature.

And yes, technically these badges are based on what you've purchased. I don't have a way to actually tell if you've watched each lesson video. Yet. That's coming. I just know that if a user has the "Expert, Completed" badge he at least has, for example, Access Expert 13 if I'm going to refer to it in an answer.

Tell me what you think in the comments below.


Badges Link 
Dave Ingram    
4 months ago
Great idea something to reach for, a nice we challenge :)
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Richard Rost     
4 months ago
Do you guys think I should show ALL of the badges for Beginner, Expert, and Developer, or just the highest one achieved? I like to show them all because this way I know if someone skipped lessons, as a lot of people do. They come right in and get Developer lessons but skip the Expert series and then ask me how to do an Update Query. :)
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Alex Hedley    
4 months ago
Love the badges idea, now to collect them ALL!
Richard Rost    
4 months ago
Haha. You should have them all. I'll fix it later.
Alex Hedley   
53 days ago
I like that idea,
Hint, I still need my mod sword badge :p
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Jan Holm     
4 months ago
I think thats a good idea! Regarding if someone actually have done the lesson, you could include a tick box besides each lesson in the list of courses . So when the the lesson is done, we can indicate that in the list. Read More...
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