@my_happy_place, when I started this thread, I had just gotten a badge, and it seemed so gratuitous and useless.
But as has been explained to me, badges are bits of . . . what do they call it? Metadata? that help Viki community members know something about each other in the absence of body language and tone of voice.
And when community members start segmenting and subbing, badges help identify who is qualified to do what without messing up the foundation of Viki’s appeal to users and subscribers, namely being able to understand why Eoni is in such a snit, why Hiro-kun is so happy, why Nai Nai is scolding her grandchilren, etc.
The humor and good fellowship of this thread derives from the weird dance that the Viki money makers have to do in order to keep users and subscribers happy so they use the product yet keep from cluttering bandwidth with gratuitous complaints. There is another weird dance they do trying to keep subbers and segmenters on their non-payroll.
Last year, I believe, I posted a message to the discussion board that REALLY hogged bandwidth about how the value of segmenters’ and subbers’ work far exceeds the multi-billion-dollar net worth of Rakuten VIKI’s CEO.
Take into account talent, interest, education, experience, time contributed to various projects. Multiply number of segmenters/subbers by monetary value of learning processes, gaining exerience, exercising sertmenting/subbing muscle. There is no way Viki as it is now constituted could provide an useful income stream to Rakuten if segmenters and subbers were paid what they are worth on the open market.
Trying to come up with badges that are really meaningful and appealing has made this thread a sort of free-for-all that does seem to spawn interesting segues.
Segue? Isn’t that a small town northwest of Seoul?
The silliest, to me, bit of interference by Viki algorithms, human admins, or whatever, is limiting the number of likes any community member can give any other member.
Like-farming, just dumping likes on a topic, can, in certain contexts on certain websites, give prominence to discussions that are not worth the prominence at all. I understand how impossible it would be for any human or group of humans to “sensitively” monitor all the threads and “Helmoi-smack” people who act like they were, as the saying goes, raised in a barn.
I don’t see this thread as frivolous. If I can only get Monopoly money for putting in twelve hours a day doing a job worth $300,000 to $600,000 a year . . . can I at least get the denominations and board tokens that would mean something to me as the recipient?
And lest anyone repeat that Onion-sama and Hottie-mama are not segmenters/subbers, they ought to be. Their skills and interests and backgrounds and all that other stuff show they have a lot of ability and a lot of common sense.
Another saying I grew up with was, “You ain’t got the sense that God gave a goose!” Well, these two have at least that much sense. Whether or not they have geese is a question for another time.