Awards and Badges

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

  • TL;DR

    TL;DR

    TL;DR

    mikef13 received a "TL;DR" badge on Sep 15 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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  • Should Be Viral

    Should Be Viral

    Should Be Viral

    Try posting something awesome and original ...

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  • First

    First

    First

    Be the first to post a buzz (or you could just try saying "First!" in the comments and see what happens).

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  • Original

    Original

    Original

    Post something original.

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  • Purple Heart

    Purple Heart

    Purple Heart

    Hit the trenches and suffer bravely and stoically in the comments for this one.

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  • Epidemic

    Epidemic

    Epidemic

    Can you get to 10 Viral badges?

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  • Superstar

    Superstar

    Superstar

    Can you get to 10 Gold Stars?

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  • Gargantua

    Gargantua

    Gargantua

    Can you get to 10 Megalists?

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  • Gold Star

    Gold Star

    Gold Star

    Be funny or original! But, like, also be funnier and originaler than everyone else in the thread.

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  • Must See

    Must See

    Must See

    Post some super-hot buzz. Probably but not exclusively with babies or animals in it. Or, like, babies riding animals.

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  • BuzzFeed Labs

    BuzzFeed Labs

    BuzzFeed Labs

    Channel your inner scientist!

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  • Mega List

    Mega List

    Mega List

    Make a post with 100 or more list items. That is the only way to get this impressive badge.

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  • Collection

    Collection

    Collection

    Make a post that people can contribute to.

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  • Time Waster

    Time Waster

    Time Waster

    Post a game or a webtoy. Contrary to popular belief, people like having their time wasted - especially during the work day.

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  • Fact Checker

    Fact Checker

    Fact Checker

    SOMEBODY IS WRONG ON THE INTERNET!!!

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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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  • Cookie

    Cookie

    Cookie

    Do something that deserves a cookie.

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