Guru Badges

Mike

These badges will be given to members that have deep knowledge about a certain subject and have demonstrated it over a period of time here on the forum. These guru badges should be very restrictive in my opinion. So please, please, please don't be offended if you don't get this badge.

How to get a guru badge:
Members have to be nominated (by other members or moderators) and then the moderators will make the final decision on who gets these badges as a quality check. Send a private message to a moderator to nominate someone. These badges could be used to help identify trusted sources of information to tag in threads when someone really needs help with something.

But I don't want to be a guru!
If you are given a guru badge and don't want it, reach out to a moderator to have it removed. You can also toggle it on/off in the badges section of your profile if you find yourself being tagged too often. The last thing we want to do is annoy you.

Like other new additions to the forum, we can always disable these badges if it leads to hard feelings or it just isn't working as intended.

My hope though is that it becomes easier to identify good and trusted sources of info for new members to the forum.

Also, you can always see the current badges by going to the help page > badges at the bottom of every page. Or go here: Badges

Thanks,
Mike
 

mimo91088

Would a live bearer guru badge work?
This is a wide swath of the hobby too. Seconded!
 

ferg42995

I love it! Here's some additional options to consider:

Water Guru -- for those who are really good at helping people adjust pH, maintain parameters, etc.
Corydoras Guru -- SO many people have them and they are talked/inquired about every day multiple times.
Stocking Guru --
Shrimp Guru --
Snail Guru --
Nutrition Guru -- for those who are in the know about different foods, types, brands, quality, etc.
 

AggressiveAquatics

Oooh oooh oooh Hybrid guru would be cool pretty please
 

AcornTheBetta

These badges will be given to members that have deep knowledge about a certain subject and have demonstrated it over a period of time here on the forum. These guru badges should be very restrictive in my opinion. So please, please, please don't be offended if you don't get this badge.

How to get a guru badge:
Members have to be nominated (by other members or moderators) and then the moderators will make the final decision on who gets these badges as a quality check. These badges could be used to help identify trusted sources of information to tag in threads when someone really needs help with something.

But I don't want to be a guru!
If you are given a guru badge and don't want it, reach out to a moderator to have it removed. You can also toggle it on/off in the badges section of your profile if you find yourself being tagged too often. The last thing we want to do is annoy you.

Like other new additions to the forum, we can always disable these badges if it leads to hard feelings or it just isn't working as intended.

My hope though is that it becomes easier to identify good and trusted sources of info for new members to the forum.

Also, you can always see the current badges by going to the help page > badges at the bottom of every page.

I also need more ideas on guru badges to create.
I tried to start with some of the big hitters first and we can fine tune as we go. Here are the current guru badges:
Betta Guru
Cichlid Guru
Cycle Guru
Fish Disease Guru
Fish ID Guru
Plant Guru
Shrimp Guru

Thanks,
Mike
Can I nominate people on this thread?
If so, I nominate mattgirl for Cycle Guru and richiep for Shrimp Guru. I think you should add a Catfish Guru. For Catfish Guru, I would nominate DoubleDutch
 

Unknown9182

Lake guru (expert at wild caught fish) like uncommon fish that are usually wild caught like least killifish, mosquito fish, golden topminnow.
 

AcornTheBetta

I love it! Here's some additional options to consider:

Water Guru -- for those who are really good at helping people adjust pH, maintain parameters, etc.
Corydoras Guru -- SO many people have them and they are talked/inquired about every day multiple times.
Stocking Guru --
Shrimp Guru --
Snail Guru --
Nutrition Guru -- for those who are in the know about different foods, types, brands, quality, etc.
Shrimp Guru is there already, but maybe they could make it Invert Guru?
 

ferg42995

Algae Guru
 

AggressiveAquatics

If we can nominate on this thread I nominate AcornTheBetta for betta guru
 

AcornTheBetta

Tetra/Schooling fish guru?
 

DoubleDutch

Can I nominate people on this thread?
If so, I nominate mattgirl for Cycle Guru and richiep for Shrimp Guru. I think you should add a Catfish Guru. For Catfish Guru, I would nominate DoubleDutch

Thanks, but please don't make me Guru hahaha. I dislike (to speak with Lucy) titles and badges.
 

AcornTheBetta

Thanks, but please don't make me Guru hahaha. I dislike (to speak with Lucy) titles and badges.
Lol ok. Sorry. I will remember that for the future before I put you up to anything.
 

ferg42995

Thanks, but please don't make me Guru hahaha. I dislike (to speak with Lucy) titles and badges.
I guess we need to make one for "Shy and Humble Guru" LOL
 

Unknown9182

Guru guru (an expert of gurus)
 

DoubleDutch

I guess we need to make one for "Shy and Humble Guru" LOL
Even that hahaha
 

AggressiveAquatics

The guru guru
 

Mike

Can I nominate people on this thread?
If so, I nominate mattgirl for Cycle Guru and richiep for Shrimp Guru. I think you should add a Catfish Guru. For Catfish Guru, I would nominate DoubleDutch

Send a moderator nominations via PM please.

Also, thanks for the ideas everyone!
 

Dippiedee

I think cichlid guru should be separated into African and American and maybe even further with dwarf cichlids. Just 'cichlid' is a little too broad; someone with extensive knowledge about africans might not necessarily know much about SA cichlids
 

Kribensis27

Can I nominate people on this thread?
If so, I nominate mattgirl for Cycle Guru and richiep for Shrimp Guru. I think you should add a Catfish Guru. For Catfish Guru, I would nominate DoubleDutch
For sure Mattgirl for cycle guru.
 

kanzekatores

Can you nominate multiple people if so stella1979, jesterrace, nart, lchi87, rcslade124 for saltwater guru
 

Mike

Can you nominate multiple people if so stella1979, jesterrace, nart, lchi87, rcslade124 for saltwater guru

Sure! Just send a pm to a moderator with your noms.
 

RandomFishBoi

Saltwater guru? Maybe more in depth like anemone guru, coral guru, goby guru, etc.

Crab guru, snail guru, shrimp guru, plant guru, and crayfish guru are some other ideas.
 

mattgirl

Thank you all for your votes of confidence but please keep in mind there are lots of others here that are very good at giving cycling advice too. Hopefully we will see the cycling guru badge under their names too. I know the basics but there are others that understand the science behind it.
 

ferg42995

Is there a list of moderators somewhere?
 

Mike

Is there a list of moderators somewhere?
In the navigation bar Members > Current Visitors will show moderators currently online. You can also get to it by the staff online link in the main member's page.
 

Fisch

Thank you all for your votes of confidence but please keep in mind there are lots of others here that are very good at giving cycling advice too. Hopefully we will see the cycling guru badge under their names too. I know the basics but there are others that understand the science behind it.
Yes, there are many advisors, but you are the queen (guru) of breaking down the problem and communicating the solutions in understandable terms.
 

BettasAreSuperior

I have a question. How do we nominate? Mike (Sorry if it is on here, can someone guide me to it, please)
 

Mike

Send a pm to a moderator with your nominations.
 

BettasAreSuperior

Send a pm to a moderator with your nominations.
Ok, Thanks!

Oooh oooh oooh Hybrid guru would be cool pretty please
I agree. I think AggressiveAquatics is quite experienced with flowerhorns and blood parrot cichlids. I would nominate him if there was a hybrid guru.

Also, can you nominate two people for the same guru award?
 

Mike

Ok and yes you can nominate multiple members for the same guru badge.
 

BettasAreSuperior

Ok and yes you can nominate multiple members for the same guru badge.
Ok, thanks. also, Sorry I am asking so many questions but On the threads that say moderator assigned badges, it won't let me view the thread. It says

Oops! We ran into some problems.
You do not have permission to view this page or perform this action.
 

jdhef

Thank you all for your votes of confidence but please keep in mind there are lots of others here that are very good at giving cycling advice too. Hopefully we will see the cycling guru badge under their names too. I know the basics but there are others that understand the science behind it.
We are going to have to figure out how to fit a "Most Modest Member" into your avatar block
 

FishBoy101

Breeding guru, pleco guru, gourami guru, pond guru, DIY guru, and stocking guru?

Non fish related topics- Lizard guru, turtle guru, bird guru, mammal guru.
 

Hugooo

Is there a limit for an amount of nominations someone has to have in order to become a guru? I mean no negativity, but we can't go around making everyone a guru. I think maybe somewhere in between 5-10. Also, will there be a way to remove a guru from someone? I know this sounds harsh, but I'm just wondering. And again, as always, a colossal thank you to Mike who is probably getting as much sleep as a teenager working on this forum.
 

aussieJJDude

Consider just having gurus for major fish families, at most breaking down the popular/larger ones (eg, African cichlid guru, cichlid guru, catfish (and cory), betta/gourami, inverts, oddballs (like loaches and rainbows for example) ect? Or even follow how the subforums are laid out?
 

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