miss blue sky
C&C & TFP Leader
Badges are bestowed upon users who contribute positively to Smogon in a significant way. Users are badged as a sign of recognition for the type of work they have done for the site. Trophies are given to the winners of Smogon's most prestigious Tournaments. Badges are given out completely at the discretion of the Smogon administration, and imply a recognition of effort, maturity on the forums and in any Smogon chat, and the responsibility all badged users share: improving the site.
Users with at least one badge have their account upgraded from Registered User to Community Member and gain the ability to use attachments, have slightly larger avatars sizes, and change their custom title. In addition, it also grants some editing access to articles on the site. Badged users are also welcome to participate in internal site discussions. A comprehensive list of Smogon contributors can be found here
Any users who want to contribute to Smogon are always encouraged to do so, but remember that being badged is a special recognition and a privilege. As such, asking to be badged is never a good idea, and doing so will never hasten the process. Hard work does not go unnoticed, but neither do overzealous senses of entitlement. All badges have an associated Badge Leader who is responsible for identifying and nominating new candidates.
Here are the different classes of badges and how to get them:
It should be noted that all badges are based on constant activity, except Contributor, Programmer, Researcher, Smogon Media Contributor, CAP Contributor, and Artist. These badges are permanent. Do not think that once you're badged you can just stop contributing, though; that shows poor attitude. Any and all badges can be stripped for having a distasteful attitude towards the community, and badged users can be infracted. Being badged means you should hold yourself to a higher standard of maturity in the forum and on the server, which is why a person would be badged in the first place along with contributions.
If a badged person has made significant contributions to the site and/or forums but stops contributing, they can be rewarded with one of the Alumni badges. These greyed-out versions of the normal badges show the great appreciation the Smogon staff has for the Alumnus's contributions.