Would anyone agree that the system of badges and all the rest of it that has been introduced with the revamped forum is actually a huge mistake? Now that I have started reading the forum a little again (largely because I am experiencing some difficulties that I would like to sort out) I have noticed that the new system seems to actually invite responses so users can "up" their totals and "score" new badges and such. As a consequence the actual responses themselves sometimes leave something to be desired.
Don't get me wrong, I am not trying to cause offence to any individuals and I am also well aware that forums like this one have a social dimension in addition to a primary function of being a "help center". My point and/or question is more that the introduction/elaboration of a scoring system can undercut this primary function.
Perhaps we would be better off if we dumped the badges and just stuck to "likes"? What do you think?