Open thread for new badge names

Calling all open source gurus

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On in 2011 we launched our points and badge system. Many of our readers log in daily, vote on and rate articles, add their comments, and participate in polls—all while earning points for their activity. Recent feedback from our community moderators and other community members has been that there are a few gaps in the system, which is currently:

  • Newbie (0-9 points)
  • Community Member (10-29 points)
  • Open Enthusiast (30-99 points)
  • Rock Star (100-999 points)
  • Open Sensei (1,000-4,999 points)
  • Open Sourcerer (5,000+ points)

To fill in the gaps, I'd like to propose that we add two more levels: one at 500 points and another at 2,500 points.

This is where you come in: we need help naming the new badge levels. What would you call them?

We have a few ideas, like Open Source Guru, but we want to get your input. I'll toss this out there too: if you come up with enough outstanding names, our team will consider renaming some of the existing badges.

Put your creative hat on and chime in on the comments!

Do you have other ideas for additional badge levels on


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Jason Hibbets
Jason Hibbets - Jason Hibbets is a senior community architect at Red Hat which means he is a mash-up of a community manager and project manager. His current role involves building community interest for #EnableSysadmin--a watering hole for system administrators. He is the author of The foundation for an open source city and has been with Red Hat since 2003. Follow him...