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Introducing Badge Pioneers!

Badge Pioneers are the savvy badge collectors who were first to claim a badge. Yes, we brought back the old school Kings, but named them Pioneers now! If you previously had Kings, you’ll now see them as Pioneers.

I know it sounds silly, but it was Walter’s Tweet that sparked my brain. Call it a brain fart, but I forgot that we took snapshots of the database 3 times a day. When I first thought of the backups I thought well if I restore a cPanel backup, it will overwrite **everything** so any new badges or XP claimed would be lost. When I went to reply to his tweet, I was going to say yeah we do backups 3 times a day but it’s not that simple. And that’s when I remembered the 3 extra backups only contained the database, in text format, so I could actually recover the old Kings.

I hope this resolves any issues. Now as for the name, a Pioneer is a person who is among the first to explore or settle a new country or area. I feel that fits the concept better than King. When I think of King I think of King of the Hill, or the fact that Kings can be overthrown by new Kings. But a Pioneer, you can’t argue that. No matter what Neil Armstrong will be the first man on the moon, nobody can take that away from him.

While I was restoring the Pioneer functions, I realized it was actually a daily cron job doing it. Booooooring. Now when you are first to claim a badge, it alerts you and you get listed as a Pioneer right away.

36 responses to “Introducing Badge Pioneers!”

  1. Great move!
    I love it 🙂

  2. Does that mean the panic is over? Cor all those toys people have to pick up now 😉

    Good work sir.

  3. Stephen Whittle says:

    Nicely done!

  4. Tom Wacker says:

    WoooooHooooo. Tim rescues Christmas! Nicely done Mr. Linden!

  5. Charlotte says:

    Awesome! Tack 🙂

  6. Charlotte says:

    Thanks=tack in Swedish…..brainfart :p

  7. Good one Tim, and elegant solution.

    Nick

  8. Ben F says:

    Awesome new feature … Can never have too many backups!!!!

  9. steven schofield says:

    Great one Tim.

  10. Karen Kuty says:

    Sweet! I get my little stash of Kings back! And the go-getters who find a badge first for the day get a reward!

  11. Ken Hulit says:

    super concept one day i might get one

  12. Mandy Moomy says:

    fabulous – great move!!

  13. Georgia Stewart says:

    Fantastic news – I hope everyone is happy now that they have their pioneer crowns. Great job!

  14. Randy Sult says:

    If I know my history, it was pioneers that kicked the King out. So now I can be the pioneer of the 4 cent badge?

  15. Great news & I love it!

  16. I nominate Tim as the best darn programmer on the Interwebs then, now and forever!

  17. Good working brain !!! WTG 😉

  18. Andrew Stark says:

    I was wondering what I did to become pioneer of the lucky13 badge.

    Keep up the good work Tim.

    Andrew

  19. Wendy Browning says:

    It sounds very fair, if you work hard to get a badge you will be rewarded. Instead of being the lucky first one to find it.

  20. Lynn M says:

    Once again you rock, Mr. Linden… that’s awesome! And this news should make EVERYONE happy.

  21. Sig says:

    Interesting indeed 🙂

  22. Raj G says:

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    Changes and Betterment are always welcome…!

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  23. Myra P says:

    That’s Awesome to hear!

  24. Glenn Witmer says:

    We knew you would find a way to fix it….you’re awesomesause

  25. Marye says:

    awesome save 🙂 wtg Tim

  26. Keith says:

    Great stuff!

    A business listening to its customers…it will never catch on! Lol!

  27. OK now I’m back to where I was. Zero.

  28. […] Tim said: “Badge Pioneers are the savvy badge collectors who were first to claim a badge. Now as for the name, a Pioneer is a person who is among the first to explore or settle a new country or area. I feel that fits the concept better than King.” Tim’s full missive is right here. […]

  29. Patricia Dean says:

    Congrats to everyone for getting their Kings back. Great job. TT

  30. I love the idea of Pioneers. The beginners of a new exploration. To go where no man/woman has gone before. A new generation of participation.

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