We don't need no stinkin' badges: examining the social role of badges in the Huffington Post

@article{Jones2012WeDN,
  title={We don't need no stinkin' badges: examining the social role of badges in the Huffington Post},
  author={Julie Jones and Nathan Altadonna},
  journal={Proceedings of the ACM 2012 conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work},
  year={2012}
}
  • Julie Jones, Nathan Altadonna
  • Published 11 February 2012
  • Psychology
  • Proceedings of the ACM 2012 conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work
News sites commonly allow users to post comments under each article, but, until recently, did little more than allow these social spaces on their sites. The Huffington Post took a pro-active stance when they introduced badges that award users for the frequency of their posting behaviors. Both social role and network theories posit that groups create their own normative structures when left to grow organically. However, badges may be symbolic of hierarchical control since they are defined… 

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