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I really like the idea of the badges, however the lack of stem in the whole note just makes the badges seem off. I'm sure I'll get used to it eventually, but I have a suggestion for a slight alteration that may balance the notes out. If we flip the half note we could then we can center the whole note and have it make sense.

I did a quick mock up of what it would look like on the upper menu and on each specific badge.

Menu

Current:

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Proposed:

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Individual badges

Current:

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Proposed:

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Better? Worse?

  • Much better. Thank you. – Josiah Apr 3 '16 at 0:15
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    I love it. Additionally it would be good to slightly enlarge the gold badge a bit. Whole notes are often a bit wider with thicker lines at the sides, and also without the slant (or even a slight slant the other way). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whole_note – awe Apr 6 '16 at 9:12
  • Just a side note: The only other site in SE I know where the badge values differs in shape in addition to color, is the Graphic Design site. I feel we are in good company here :) – awe Apr 14 '16 at 9:18
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    @awe I think CS also has diffrent badges – Dom Apr 14 '16 at 10:26
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Thanks for the suggestion! I'll admit that I probably didn't take as much time as I should have to guarantee note accuracy when the new design launched. Taking your suggestion to heart, I updated the badges:

  • Taking awe's suggestion, I removed the rotation on the whole note.
  • Taking Dom's suggestion, I flipped the half note to help more visually distinguish it from the quarter note.

They will now look like this:

Badges

This will be updated in the next production build.

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    This looks awesome. – Matthew Read Apr 6 '16 at 15:26
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    Love it! The first time I saw the original version I didn't realize they were different note values at all and thought it was an image compression issue causing the gold stem to "disappear". That whole note rotation is really important! – NReilingh Apr 6 '16 at 20:09
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Alternatively:

  1. Make them all quarter notes for consistency, or

  2. Make the gold/silver/bronze badges be half/quarter/eighth notes respectively, so they all have stems.

(The above were suggested by Todd here.)

I'd be happy with either of the 3 solutions, as I do find the current incarnation makes the gold badge look out of place.

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    Personally I really like whole - half - quarter. I understand where the stems would be nice, but I think it'd always bug be to be unable to earn a whole note. It'd be like marching your whole life. – Josiah Apr 3 '16 at 0:18
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    @Josiah LOL! I mean, what do you have against marching? – Todd Wilcox Apr 3 '16 at 5:10
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    I think my favourite of the three options is the first point on this answer - but any would be an improvement. – Chris Apr 3 '16 at 12:42

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