You might ask why content staff have badges, since it's pretty easy to become content staff, and they're rarely in any position of authority that matters to typical members. Personally I'd tend to agree, but so many people have content badges already that there would probably be a lot of discontent if they were taken away. I'm not enthusiastic about pursuing this kind of campaign, except as part of a systematic overhaul of rep/badges/awards/name colors. Which would be hard to pull off, since we'd probably want to get Curia approval, which is dicey.
One thing that would make sense is displaying the local moderator badge only in the forums where you're actually a local mod. I'd have to do some coding to get that to work, but it shouldn't be too hard. The question is, how exactly should it work? Users can only choose one display usergroup. There would be a few ways to do it:
- Badge only displays if you choose local moderator as display group. If you post outside the forum, you have no badge, even if you actually have ranks that should display as badges.
- Badge only displays if you choose local moderator as display group. If you post outside the forum, you get one of your other badges, picked more or less arbitrarily.
- Badge always displays in your forum, overwriting any other badges you have, whether you like it or not (except if you have a moderator/admin badge, display two badges).
- Badge always displays in your forum, in addition to any other badges you have.
#4 seems like the most reasonable, but it would mean a lot of people display with two badges. Maybe the local moderator badge could be made shorter to compensate. Opinions?
I'll split this out to a new thread so it gets more public attention.