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Badges

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, and where they're from. Plus, it's fun!

 
Web Site Admins
These are the people who approve your posts and help to answer your questions. Be nice to them. Richard and Alex.
 
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
 
MYOLP Beginner
A Beginner in the My Online Learning Partner Membership Program
MYOLP Expert
An Expert in the My Online Learning Partner Membership Program
MYOLP Developer
A Developer in the My Online Learning Partner Membership Program
 
Learning Connection Member
A member of the Learning Connection Membership Program
   

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Anniversaries

You'll get a badge once you've been a student of mine after 1, 5, 10, and 15 years. Your anniversary date is based on the day you enrolled (purchased) your first class. I created 599cd.com in 2002, so in 2022 we'll add a 20-year badge for a few of you. If you think your date is wrong, let me know.
 

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Five Years
Ten Years
Fifteen Years
   

Rank Insignia

Everyone in The Fleet gets a rank which is based on a proprietary formula. Find out more here.

Fleet Admiral
Admiral
Vice Admiral
Rear Admiral, 2 Star
Rear Admiral, 1 Star
Captain
Commander
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Ensign
Petty Officer
Crewman
   

World Flags

I only added the flags for the top countries that my students are from (listed in order of popularity). If your country isn't listed here, just contact me and I'll be happy to add it for you. Likewise, if you don't want your location to be known, please let me know.
 

United States
United Kingdom
Canada
Australia
Netherlands
Norway
New Zealand
Germany
Switzerland
Sweden
Belgium
Italy
Austria
South Africa
Scotland - by special request*
   

* I added Scotland by request from one of my long-time Developer students, Kevin Robertson. I say "special request" because my order entry system only has an option for "United Kingdom" for all of the UK countries. I had to add the flag and change his customer record in the database. If you have any special requests like this, feel free to post them below. I can't promise I'll get to everyone's requests, but members and long-time customers tend to usually get what they ask for. LOL

Tell me what you think in the comments below.

 

Badges Shortened Link 
Richard Rost 
43 days ago
The list of Badges is getting long, so I shortened it a touch. You will now only see the highest level you've achieved in a course. Access is the only one so far, so if you've completed Beginner and Expert and are into the Developer classes, you'll no longer see the B and X badges.
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James Gray 
47 days ago
Not sure how this date is computed but, although I can't remember the exact date I bought my first classes from you, it was around the 2012 or 2013 era...I know this does not make a huge difference but just wanted it to be accurate.. Thanks and I continue to look forward to more lessons as you make them.
Richard Rost
47 days ago
Yes, it's based on the date your record was created in my customer database, which is generally the date of your first purchase. For you, that would be November 5th, 2010. So you just passed your 10th anniversary! Congrats. That's going to be a badge too. 1 year, 5 year, 10 year. The most right now would be 16 years since I started this in 2004. The field doesn't exist in my web site database, though, so I have some work to do to get that info up to the web. It's not just as simple as adding a field to SQL Server. :)
Richard Rost
47 days ago
As I was typing in "November 5th," the nerd in me just wanted to continue with "1955." If you're a nerd like me, you'll get it.

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New Badges Added Link 
Richard Rost 
48 days ago
I've added Badges for the admins, MYOLP and Learning Connection members, and for the top 12 countries my students are from. I'll be adding them for YouTube members soon (Silver, Gold, Platinum) and a few other things. If you have any more suggestions, feel free to comment.
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Show Country Link 
Alex Hedley 
2 months ago
Would people like to show a country badge?

Kevin Robertson
2 months ago
Yes, the Scottish flag would be nice to see.
Michelle Maughan
2 months ago
Australia, Im watching while you guys are in bed.
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Badges Checklist Link 
Alex Hedley 
2 months ago
[X] Access
[X] Admins
[X] MYOLP
[X] Learning Connection Member
[X] Country - top 12 added
[ ] Access Insiders Circle
[X] YouTube Subscription Level
[ ] Handbook Author
[X] Member Years (#1)
Richard Rost
48 days ago
Access Insiders' Circle isn't a field that's in the web site database, and honestly there are only a select few of these. YouTube is something I still have to add to my database. I'm just keeping it in a Note field right now. YouTube maintains this. I'll add it eventually. Handbook authors: there have only been a couple of you, but yeah... I'll do something nice for you. Member years would be nice. Again, CustomerSince is in my database, but it's not on the web site, so I have to add a field to the web site's SQL server database, and then re-upload EVERYONE to get it to work. So... eventually.
Richard Rost
31 days ago
Checked off badges for YouTube members. They're active now. It's not totally accurate because all YouTube gives me is a list of usernames and membership level. I have no other information (email, real name, etc.) so unless someone contacts me to get their perks (usually Gold and Platinum members) then I have no way to match them up. I have no idea who MamasBoy28 is, for example.
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Badges Link 
Dave Ingram 
7 months ago
Great idea something to reach for, a nice we challenge :)
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Show them ALL? Link 
Richard Rost 
7 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. :)
Roy Zanca
3 months ago
I like showing all the stairs you've climbed to get to your level. We all know it's silly but for me it's a motivator. Let's show all our strips.What a Wonderful World Roy
Richard Rost
2 months ago
Haha. Thanks Roy.
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Badges Link 
Alex Hedley 
7 months ago
Love the badges idea, now to collect them ALL!
Richard Rost
7 months ago
Haha. You should have them all. I'll fix it later.
Alex Hedley
4 months ago
I like that idea,
Hint, I still need my mod sword badge :p
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Badges Link 
Jan Holm 
7 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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