Badges: Add more badges

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The 2012 and 2013 Oscar Highlights Badges are great ideas.But I think IMDb should make more and more of these badges including not only 6 movies, but 20 or 25. E.g.: War movies, silent movies and based on the badges you earn, you could get higher and higher on the ladder. I also think this should not be a contest, it should be private.Personally I love these challenges, I would go for the badges :)
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I'm not averse to the gamification of some of the badges, as long as they are tagged on the end of the more important ones (staff, top contributors, etc.) and there is a way to switch them off from appearing on your profile (presumably by making your ratings private, but if there is demand for it, there could be a switch in the account settings too), as they are just for fun.

Granted some people will just hammer out ratings to get them but then an awful lot of people will use them as an excuse for watching more films (as if we really needed an excuse). For example, I was tempted to vote on the Oscar films to get the badges, but only as part of the beta testing as I don't really want them if I've not "earned" them.

So if there was a Top 250 film badge for voting for all the Top 250, I know I have watched and rated the bulk of them so it'd encourage me to dig out the others and cast my eye over them (there are a few I've watched so long ago that I haven't rated them, and keep meaning to rewatch them to give them the right rating - I have Kurosawa's films ready for a marathon back-to-back watching so I can ensure they are all properly rated in relation to each other. Weird I know but that's how I roll ;) ). There are problems with this - would it be dynamic? As we've seen films tend to bubble up into the Top 250 and then drop out again, so you'd always be losing the badge and working to get it back again. I like this idea but it might be confusing and a pain (as you are going to get people on here asking about it) and, more critically, it might be a drain on resources, so you get it for watching the Top 250 at the time you see the last film.

I also quite like the idea that there could be grades of badges:

* Master of Horror - watched 1,000 horror films
* Overlord of the Battlefield - watched 500 war movies

Keep the badges the same (one for each genre) and just change the rank.

When working as intended this'd either encourage people to watch more films and/or give people a nice incentive to rate films they've watched and/or provide a fun way of tracking your movie-watching obsession.
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I don't think they should appear anywhere except privately in your profile, because in case it is not private, people would rate and rate without watching the movie.

It's just for somebody's own entertainment. E.g. I had The Iron Lady on my watchlist since it came out, but I could never feel like watching it, but after I've seen that it is included in the Oscar Highlights badge, I said 'come on, I'm gonna watch it sometimes anyway, why not now? and + I'm gonna get a shiny badge for it' :)
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Like lists, I think that the individuals should perhaps be able to select privacy setting on their badges.
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Badges? We don't need no stinkin' badges!
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IMDb definitely needs to give you this badge for seeing The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.

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