Jack Shepherd received a "Fact Checker" badge on Jun 20 because they verified or disputed a fact and backed up their claim with some kind of written or visual proof. If we didn't have someone to check the facts, none of the facts would get checked - and then where would we be?!
Jack Shepherd received a "Purple Heart" badge on Jun 12 because they suffered bravely in the comments section. Someone was wrong on the Internet, but they would not let that stand, no matter what the danger. They have served BuzzFeed valiantly.
Jack Shepherd received a cookie on Mar 26 for being very clever. And unlike in some places, when someone says something clever on BuzzFeed and we say, "Have a cookie," we actually mean it! Except we don't, because this is a virtual cookie and what the hell are you going to do with a virtual cookie?
Jack Shepherd received a "TL;DR" badge on Dec 21 because they posted something that was probably pretty interesting but that nobody had time to read because we all lead such incredibly busy lives or something. TL;DR is an acronym (from the Greek words akros, meaning "limb," and onoma, meaning "name") that stands for "Too long; didn't read." It is, incidentally, the only acronym in popular use on the Internet that employs a semicolon - a punctuation mark intended for use between closely related independent clauses not conjoined with a coordinating conjunction, between independent clauses and semi clauses linked with a transitional phrase or a conjunctive adverb, or between items in a series or listing containing internal punctuation, especially parenthetic commas. In the latter case, the semicolon serves as a serial comma, to avoid confusion with the other commas in the series. Kurt Vonnegut once famously said of the semicolon: "If you really want to hurt your parents, and you don't have the nerve to be a homosexual, the least you can do is go into the arts. But do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites, standing for absolutely nothing. All they do is show you've been to college." Another great writer who was dubious about the semicolon was the incomparable Gertrude Stein. She says of the much-maligned and oft-misused punctuation mark: "They are more powerful more imposing more pretentious than a comma but they are a comma all the same. They really have within them deeply within them fundamentally within them the comma nature." But perhaps the most enlightened remarks about the semicolon come from Physician Lewis Thomas, who made this observation: "Sometimes you get a glimpse of a semicolon coming, a few lines further on, and it is like climbing a steep path through woods and seeing a wooden bench just at a bend in the road ahead, a place where you can expect to sit for a moment, catching your breath." Beautiful. Wait, what the fuck were we talking about?
Jack Shepherd received a "Mega List" badge on Sep 15 because they made a post with more than 100 entries. That's more than 3 times as many items in a list as there are Amendments to the Constitution. Plus, this list is waaaaaaaaay more interesting than that snorefest. Check it out:
Jack Shepherd received a "Should Be Viral" badge on Sep 15 because they made a post that probably should be viral. If, say, the world were a just and equitable place. Which, it's not - we all know that. Now I'm sad.
Jack Shepherd received a First badge on Sep 15 because they were the first person to post a thing even though maybe someone else posted that thing after them and got featured for no other reason than, like, sometimes a bunch of people post a thing and the first person to post the thing doesn't get the credit that they deserve. But now they are getting the credit! This is the credit!
Jack Shepherd received a "Collection" badge on Sep 15 because they posted something that people are adding to. That's harder than it sounds - usually people are just like, "meh," (which, and I get that we're now waaaaaaay off topic, is a really annoying thing to say under almost any circumstances).