What are Instructable patches?

People talk about handing out patches for best answers and I would like to know what they are.

Kiteman7 years ago
They are digital badges, signs that somebody, somewhere, thinks you've done something cool.

Click here to see the patches that various generous members have sent me.
resophonicguitarist (author)  Kiteman7 years ago
Thank you for your answer.
Superhat3 years ago
How do you get them though? I tried to give a dude one and it said I didn't have any to give.

I am also curious of this...