Hi! Wouldn't be great to have achievements, badges and levels?

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Wouldn't that be great?

I mean, imagine badges like, discover "x" artists or play "x" times the same song. Maybe people would start to listen to a different artist just to get that badge and would look nice on your profile. 
Maybe an artist badge for listening o all his songs or something like that so your friends can see.

I'd love to see that happening. PLEASE!
Greetings :D

- vngst
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Juanma Reyes

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Jon, Community & Customer Services

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"Came to Brazil -- Attended an event in Brazil." 

It's an idea we've been toying around with for a few years and there are several mock designs floating around.   If we were to do this, I expect we'd want to keep things simple and start with scrobble milestones; but personally, I've love to see some kind of level-based badge for tags / genres, e.g. listening to certain artists levels your 'death metal' badge.  That way you could reward people with super-rare badges for listening to very obscure sub-genres.     

The main difficulty is calculating and applying badges for all users retroactively, and there's also the danger (imo) of going overboard with giving out badges for trivial things ("Achievement Unlocked -- Liked a shout").  Less is more, as they say.  
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Less is more, as they say. 
Agreed. I would also implore you work on a way to counter fake scrobbling before activating any kind of badge/achievement system. As I've mentioned elsewhere, a simple starting point would be to block/freeze users whose listening data in their Last Week stats is either 24/7 or their 'Total Listening Time' is over 7 days.

Badges like 'play "x" times the same song', as vngst/Juanma suggested, would encourage abuse of the scrobbling system. An artist's Top 4 Listeners panel already attracts this kind of behaviour in some users who simply want to be on top rather than actually having an account and profile that reflects an accurate representation of their listening.

These concerns aside, I would really like to see some kind of badge system implemented - it would also give greater distinction between different users' profiles without giving full-blown customisation.
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I've always thought it would be interesting to have some kind of progression system on Last.fm. I remember there being a community-made level widget users could show in their About Me section on the old site. 

Such a system could encourage people to visit the website more frequently, discover more of Last.fm's features and contribute to the site. I agree with Elliot's post above and think listening to music shouldn't become a competition to see how many Scrobbles one can amass. A system that focuses on other aspects of the site would be ideal. 'Upload an artist image', 'add an artist biography', 'discover 10 new artists this week - +10xp' etc. 

The idea of building up a virtual library and watching it grow is one of the main reasons I use Last.fm. An extra layer of progression like that would further add to the experience.
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Yes! That's what I meant, the site is great but some sense of progression to it would make it a site I'd visit every day.
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As I've mentioned elsewhere, a simple starting point would be to block/freeze users whose listening data in their Last Week stats is either 24/7 or their 'Total Listening Time' is over 7 days.
Even though most of the users that have over 24/7 listening are indeed "cheating" so to speak, but it's possible to have that legitimately every now and then if you're a device scrobbler and don't sync/scrobble your device very often. The cheating profiles can be annoying, but in my opinion it would be worse to start banning legitimate users for using the site differently than others do.

As to the idea of the topic, I love this idea and I'm sure it would engage a lot of users in ways they haven't seen before.
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Well aware that fake scrobbling is a concern, and I've stated many times before that we will be be addressing this by capping daily scrobbles, not moderation.  This will happen when we update the API next year.  This decision is final, and I don't want to see yet another thread devolving into arguments about what legitimate scrobbling is and isn't.  It will be dealt with, please be patient. 

Besides, most likely the kind of things we'll do are personal milestones, since that's something people already enjoy celebrating; rather than global / leaderboard things.  Keep in mind that the value of scrobble milestones is subjective.  100,000 scrobbles badge isn't anything special if you just put a 30s track on repeat for a week.  Whereas if it's something that takes you 5+ years, that has personal significance, and you'll want to remember the song and the date & time.  If we do things that have bragging rights attached or a slight competitive element, it'll most likely be restricted to your circle of friends and followers (think swarm, duolingo, etc).
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If we do things that have bragging rights attached or a slight competitive element, it'll most likely be restricted to your circle of friends and followers
This seems a sensible compromise. Glad to hear you will be addressing it :-)