I asked a question on a forum last week and the next day I had received a badge for asking the question.

Not helping with the question.

Not answering the question.

Not solving the question.

But I got a badge because I asked the question.

This wasn’t a revolutionary question either – more of a – how do you do this because what I’m reading doesn’t work.

Anyone can ask a question on a community forum but should they get a badge for it? If the goal is to ask as many questions as you can, then sure give them a badge.

But if the goal is to grow the community by engagement, don’t give it out because they asked a question, give it out when they interact with someone trying to help them answer their question.

That’s the foundation of building a community, asking and giving.

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