Open Badges program for Thunderbird contributors

Ludovic Hirlimann ludovic at
Tue Aug 7 09:05:26 UTC 2012

On 7/27/12 1:37 AM, Anne-Marie Bourcier wrote:
> Hello,
> In the spring, the Mozilla Foundation launched the "Open Badges" 
> program ( The intention of Open Badges is to 
> provide a standardized open framework that enables organizations to 
> issue digital "badges" that recognize skills or achievements.
> The Thunderbird team thought it would be great to implement an Open 
> Badges program for Thunderbird contributors. We started brainstorming 
> about how we could implement the program and talking with the very 
> helpful and enthusiastic Foundation folks who work on the project.
> However, now that we are changing Thunderbird's governance model, we 
> need to find out if the Thunderbird community thinks it is worthwhile 
> to implement Thunderbird Badges and if the community is able and 
> willing to run the program for themselves in the long term. If the 
> community likes the idea and wants to move ahead, we will do all the 
> preparation and set up the technical aspects and then hand the program 
> over to the community in the fall.
> To run the program, the community would have to implement some kind of 
> process where contributions in various areas were tracked and 
> significant contributions were forwarded to a person who generated the 
> badges. The badge program would require an ongoing commitment, because 
> it wouldn't be fair if badges were only issued to a few people and 
> then the program was dropped. Also, the criteria for issuing badges 
> must be clear so that the process is not open to favoritism.
> A summary of our thinking about how to implement badges follows 
> (however keep in mind that the community is welcome to alter as they 
> see fit):
> A badge rewards a demonstration of competency, not a degree of 
> contribution. A badge isn't a reward for effort; it's a validation of 
> a demonstrable skill.
> Given that model, the Thunderbird Community could implement badges for 
> these kinds of things:
> - Thunderbird Core Contributor Badge: People who contribute a 
> significant patch to the Thunderbird core, thus demonstrating a 
> competency in programming.
> - Thunderbird Add-on Developer Badge: People who create a Thunderbird 
> add-on that is accepted by AMO, thus demonstrating a competency in 
> programming.
> - Thunderbird Knowledge Base Author Badge: People who create a 
> Thunderbird Knowledge Base article that uses a set of the more complex 
> formatting tools (templates, tables, images, etc), thus demonstrating 
> a competency in authoring on a wiki platform and technical writing.
> - Thunderbird Support Contributor Badge: for people solving questions 
> (reward based on number of answers or technical accuracy)
> - Thunderbird Ambassador Badge: People who create something 
> significant outside the normal venues for contribution. For example, a 
> Thunderbird contributor recently wrote a P2PU course and supporting 
> workbook that explains how to set up PGP for use with Thunderbird. 
> This is a significant effort that brings attention to Thunderbird from 
> a whole new group.
> This wiki page describes our thinking and our progress on the project: 
These seems to be very web based - would be nice to find a great way to 
have them integrate with email.

I like the idea of recognizing once involvement in the project. What's 
missing above , is who decides to give badges ? But I think once we've 
figured out some TB dev, that should be an easy question.


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