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Please consider changing the user "badge" for paid accounts Answered

I (and others) have made this comment several times, but now I'm posting it as a formal feature-change request. Please consider replacing the "PRO" badge with something more abstract. A little picture of Robot came to mind as one possibility, if gold stars aren't adequate. The "PRO" word itself seems to be pretty divisive, with many of the users who can't or won't pay taking offense. They seem to think that the paid users themselves are to blame for "lording it over" everyone else. This is obviously detrimental to the whole community here.

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lemonie
lemonie

11 years ago

I agree. Suggestions: AAA (Access All Areas) $$$ (I've paid) + (I've got something extra) L

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Keith-Kid
Keith-Kid

Reply 11 years ago

The plus sign look like the most plausible out of those three. The first one I dont like, and the second still sends out the message that is being criticized....

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 11 years ago

Well when you're given a choice there's a chance of seeing something you like. I like the plus too. L

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Rock Soldier
Rock Soldier

11 years ago

How about, get rid of the badge all together? That way, non pros wouldn't know who to blame for "lording it over"

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

11 years ago

. I agree on all points. I suppose some recognition is in order, but the use of "Pro" is not only devisive, it is misleading - few "pro" users are DIY professionals.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

Agreed. Maybe even leave the badge off altogether, and change the font colour, or the background colour.

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Keith-Kid
Keith-Kid

Reply 11 years ago

Font color would be good, not too distracting, but stil noticeable. Background color as in highlighting the username?

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gmjhowe
gmjhowe

11 years ago

I also agree on all points, as well as the idea of having a robot. Another option is to change the nameing to 'Supporting Account' with a 'SUP' Badge very similar to the current one.

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 11 years ago

As in "'sup, homey"?

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Keith-Kid
Keith-Kid

Reply 11 years ago

I was just gonna say that!

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

I was thinking Aegis Member, but that seems a bit much too LOL

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lemonie
lemonie

11 years ago

Subltle:
All "Pro" users get the first letter capitalised, non-"pros" get enforced lower-case and number(s) at the end.

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Derin
Derin

Reply 11 years ago

Just,no.

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Keith-Kid
Keith-Kid

Reply 11 years ago

I agree..I like my capitalamization.

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Derin
Derin

Reply 11 years ago

That would press me to leave.

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caitlinsdad
caitlinsdad

11 years ago

Can you hear me now? The indicator can show membership period, if subscription is about to expire, strength of character, spellchecker score, or level of punmanship.

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Derin
Derin

Reply 11 years ago

It should add more points to the spellchecker thing if you are gramatically correct and spell correct without the help of spell check.

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Keith-Kid
Keith-Kid

Reply 11 years ago

LMAO!

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DJ Radio
DJ Radio

Reply 11 years ago

The only thing that would be factual is the membership period remaining.

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Jayefuu
Jayefuu

11 years ago

I was thinking about going pro.... should I hold out in protest? :)

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Gorfram
Gorfram

11 years ago

Thanks, Kelsey. Even though I was biding my time before "Going Pro," to see if the Pro badge would be changed in accordance with popuplar demand, it didn't occur to me to make a formal request. But now that you have made it, I hereby formally second your request (or at least add my voice to the clamor for change). I, too, think a little icon of the instructables Robot would be ideal. It wouldn't carry the connotations of superiority that "PRO" does or gold stars would, and it might tend to inspire curiousity that would lead people to the "Sign up to support us" page. It would mean that the "Go Pro" slogan would not longer apply, and we'd have to come up with a new one... Perhaps something like "Got Bot?" :)

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 11 years ago

The star looks quite nice, but suggests some kind of achievement / prize / status. Better than "Pro" but perhaps still sending an elitist message? L

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caitlinsdad
caitlinsdad

Reply 11 years ago

Come to think of it, it looks like the perfect attendance award, but you must post a topic telling others if you are going away, considering or thinking if you are going away, and while you are away.

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 11 years ago

Oh yes, that should be mandatory! L