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PE: Badges of DeviantART

Fri May 10, 2013, 2:40 AM by cinyu:iconcinyu:

Community Week

Badges of deviantART, why are they given? What is their purpose in deviantART?
Most of us know these badges since we signed up in deviantart.

  • How did deviantART come up with the idea to create badges? Any background stories?

    "Badges started out as merit badges for deviantART staff. They were only available to staff for special accomplishments like merit badges for the boy scouts. We started making them available to members by way of special events like our 10th birthday bash and hidden pageviews. They gained a lot of popularity about 3 years ago with the introduction of the llama badge system for our annual April fools prank. The rest is history, you guys can't seem to get enough of them. :B"
    - Ikue

    "The first badge was an april fools joke, the llama badge, free to give and they would evolve the more you received.  
    They were so well received, we followed it up with real badges, the next being the Birthday cake badge :)"
    - Moonbeam13
  • How can you turn off the ability to receive badges?
    The answer is found in FAQ #897: Can I turn off the ability to receive badges?
    To no longer receive badge notifications in your Message Center, visit to your Settings, and click the "General" tab under your Personal Settings.
    Journal from the deviantART staff:
  • I would like to be messaged when a new badge is available. Who should I watch?
    The group Badges-of-DeviantART is writing a journal for every new badge on 'how you can receive this badge' and 'who can receive this badge'. If you want to receive a message when a new badge is available, than please watch this group. :aww:

Currently available badges everyone can receive are:

truth® Artist Collective
To get this badge, click the "Join the truth® Artist Collective" link
at the bottom of this journal:…

Greatest Pelican In The World
Anyone who purchases a product (mug, postcard, print, puzzle, etc)
of this deviation:… will receive this badge.

click on "pre-order now".

Priv. (Blind to Pageviews)
Settings > Browsing - Please make the ✔ away behind Pageviews Display.
The users who got this badge can´t view pageviews on every profile page.
If a user has five other badges publicly visible, enabling this one will add a sixth badge to
the top right of the user's profile page.

Two Scoops
Vote for your favorite Robert Rodriguez film on this article:…

You can give a llama badges only one times to a user.
How to give it/llama levels/llama trade:

Delicious Cake
One badge cost 80 :points:.
Want to trade cakes? Join in CakeXtravaganza trade game.
How to give cake badges:

Common Badges that aren´t available for everyone are:

Former Volunteer
This badge you can get when you had a symbol behind your username.
All current Community Volunteers are found on communityrelations.

Alpha Tester
This badge is only for Alpha Testers (and former Alpha Testers) on devBUG

There are many other badges, which aren't available anymore, or are only given to the staff or as special awards.
The whole list of all badges with a full explaination of each badge meaning can be found on Badges-of-DeviantART.

Badge related groups:
There are way more llama groups. :'D

What´s the story behind the badges?
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Just-To-Look1 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I clicked on the link for the Clapperboard and BlackBerry badges, but I didn't get them! Why?
cinyu Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Have you tried to get the badges on deviantARTs articles links?…

Weirdly, I can't open the other original articles from deviantART where you can get the badges.
But you find all links and more detailed information on Badges-of-DeviantART.

SingingFlames Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I love those badges! :la: Great article! Thanks for sharing!
Gothic-Bunny-13 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I want the kitty badge..
MaderHatterxAlice Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
flying mint bunny
Maleiva Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very interesting, i would like to the old public badges as "Flying Fella", "Halloween" and the others to be available again.
ClefairyKid Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
"This badge you can get when you had or have a ^ symbol infront of your username."

Someone else correct me if I'm wrong but that's not actually how it works, it's "had" only, not during the term as CV.
cinyu Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I fixed it. :'D
You are right about this.
ClefairyKid Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
Yeah just doubled back to look at that and thought - but I don't have one of those? haha
cinyu Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:giggle: Hihi!
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