Awards and Badges

Earn awards by posting, commenting, and reacting!

These awards recognize special achievements above and beyond the call of duty.

  • New User

    New User

    New User

    On Mar 26, A.D., Jack Shepherd logged on to the information superhighway and "web-surfed" all the way to BuzzFeed.com! Now they are one of the cool kids, hence this rad award.

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  • Fact Checker

    Fact Checker

    Fact Checker

    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?!

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  • Purple Heart

    Purple Heart

    Purple Heart

    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.

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  • Cookie

    Cookie

    Cookie

    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?

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  • TL;DR

    TL;DR

    TL;DR

    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?

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  • Must See

    Must See

    Must See

    Jack Shepherd received a "Must See" badge on Sep 15 because they posted something that you really need to see. What are you waiting for?!

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  • Mega List

    Mega List

    Mega List

    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:

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  • Should Be Viral

    Should Be Viral

    Should Be Viral

    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.

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  • First

    First

    First

    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!

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  • BuzzFeed Labs

    BuzzFeed Labs

    BuzzFeed Labs

    Jack Shepherd received a BuzzFeed Labs on Sep 15 because they made a BuzzFeed Labs. We should do more of those. Why don't we do more of those?

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  • Gold Star

    Gold Star

    Gold Star

    Jack Shepherd received a Gold Star on Sep 15 because their post was hilarious or clever or right on the f*#@ing money or most likely all of the above. Hell yes.

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  • Collection

    Collection

    Collection

    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).

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  • Time Waster

    Time Waster

    Time Waster

    Jack Shepherd received a "Time Waster" badge on Sep 15 because they were WASTING EVERYBODY'S TIME. But, like, in a good way.

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  • Epidemic

    Epidemic

    Epidemic

    Jack Shepherd earned the Epidemic Award on Feb 21 because their posts keep going viral! They essentially just viraled it out to the whole school. Amazing.

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  • Superstar

    Superstar

    Superstar

    Jack Shepherd earned the Superstar Award on Feb 21 because they have so many Gold Stars! They make BuzzFeed a better place.

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  • Original

    Original

    Original

    Post something original.

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  • Gargantua

    Gargantua

    Gargantua

    Can you get to 10 Megalists?

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  • Spell Chek

    Spell Chek

    Spell Chek

    Join the Internet's growing army of unpaid and uninvited copyeditors.

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  • White Knight

    White Knight

    White Knight

    Come to someone's rescue in the comments. They need you!

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