How can we improve Trakt?

Add more achievements and badges

I think there should badges for such things as watching a series premier on day one, 10,000 episode watch, watching complete series, guilty pleasures, etc.

Way to get users better tracking their watch counts

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  • Mrs.Ryxin80 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I came to traits because they took away my fave app which was GetGlue. I would like to see receiving cool movie/TV stickers or badges to collect when checking in. Collecting stuff and getting achievements or something like to keep people wanting to check in for.
    I also noticed it's hard to find and collect followers:( I've been on here a year and don't have one follower:( I reply to shouts and still no followers....???

  • Mark Atherton commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I love the idea of badges, but ultimately the idea is you want to gamify watching/collecting/commenting etc so that Trakt drives usage of the site and watching things and so on.

    The best implementation I've seen that might work for Trakt is when I used to play World of Warcraft years ago on a site called Wowhead. The idea is that you get points for doing certain things on the site and then gain achievements through the points or other things on the site.

    See links below for information

  • Brendyn commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I think it would be cool if trophies/achievements/badges could be added to the website to give me something to look forward to. This could include watching 5k minutes of movies or watching something on the original air date. Thanks in advance!

  • Brendyn commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I think it would be a great idea to integrate some sort of trophy or achievement system. We as a community could even help create it if the creators have too much on their plates by voting on some of the achievements. My idea is to have trophies such as "Watched 200 minutes of TV shows today" or something that gives me some incentive to continue updating what I'm watching other than for my own organization I guess.

  • Michael Isler commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    How about getting these badges rolling? I just joined but I see this has been in discussion since 2013.

  • Wendy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I like the idea of points distributed based on comments and reviews. Not watches and rewatches - that's too much elitism based on how much time people have on their TV and computer screens. Comments and reviews would help build community.

  • ethan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    No, please. Or at least be very careful. One of the nice things about is it's lack of elitism, the site says 'we're all bozo's on this bus, and none of us are more equal than others.' (except vip's) and that's a good thing.

    That being said things that add to a sense of community are a good thing, so being able to interact more on discussions of shows/episodes/lists is good. Badges achievements, sure, with care. More visibility into your achievement progress, sure. My personal favorite would to be able to more easily find users with similar tastes, then interact, compare, etc.

    Karma leads to karmawhoring, popularity leads to popularity contests, it's just human nature, if there is a system/measure then folks will work it to up the score. That's great for workplace productivity, but I really don't want it here.

  • karmakat commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    How about the users with the highest numbers of (official) badges score (perhaps with their own point system... 1-10 points like the ratings), these user's lists are featured, as well as their reviews/content. etc. Users can submit badge ideas, and if approved, trakt will assign a number of points to the badge.

    So for example, I suggest "Toon Watcher" as a badge, say with 100 animated tv shows or movies. Trakt says.. OK.. but thats a pretty common one.. lets say 1 or 2 points etc.


  • Jill commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    getglue sucks right now. It's the best chance to be more competitive

  • sp1ti commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Sorry, I somehow got the time mixed in. As much as I like the idea, the site as it is current could not handle this decently as it would need some mods that "maintain" these or else everyone would be unhappy. It isn't something you can easly get by info from other sites.
    Given that badges first got added a year ago and nothing happend since (apparently sean is working on this) I doubt this will be out anytime soon :o.

  • ODeLally commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    "I don't think _time_ scrobbled should count [...]" Me neither. I mentioned it as a possible way to prevent abuse of the scrobbling system to gain levels, which would be very easy to do in more than one way.
    As a matter of fact, I liked the site because it had no levels/experience whatsover and it didn't display the badges straight on the profile page. I was very unhappy with how miso used the badge system, which is very similar to malgraph's genre achievements, but it was still specific to some "key series" that "everyone" watched. Like if you've been watching "a lot" of Science Fiction (10+ episodes or so), it mentioned you missing Firefly in the badge's description - whether you watched it or not.
    I'm not so sure about malgraph's genre achievements as well, at least from the tone. It would give the site a less humble or down-to-earth tone. But the general idea is ok, I think. Could be very well be integrated as badges that level up, as long as there is no mention of specific series in/on series unspecific badges.

  • sp1ti commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I don't think _time_ scrobbled should count but the amount of things seen should factor in anyways. Something I really like is what malgraph did. you have some genre achievements based on the shows of that genre you watched: you could setup some basic genre lists with the "key" titles or just go by genre there > things watched.
    I would say it needs a good balance... baiting people into reviewing/shouting can also lower the quality of the whole thing.

  • ODeLally commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please don't add levels just for watching. You should rather focus on commnity activity and give experience to those that are active in there, writing reviews or shouts, replying and gettng likes for the reviews/shouts.

    Gaining experience/levels from watching introduces the attitude of having to watch more just because you want to be on a higher level (which gains you and the site nothing but a higher level you can show off), which in turn could be the start of people abusing the scrobbling/check-in system and rendering views (and in turn levels) useless. And the scrobbling/check-in system can be easily abused, but abuse couldn't really be prevented if you're just looking on the running time from your sources, as the running time usually is in NTSC and/or with commercials and expects the longest uncut version. To prevent abuse in the check-in system, you'd had to disable check-ins until the current check-in has run out. With differing times for regions and without commercials, this could become a problem for honest viewers, as they can't check-in to the next when they're watching it, but have to wait until the site tells them they have stopped watching it. To prevent abuse by scrobbling a 5 minute video over and over again, you'd have to find out all running times for all regions in all versions - and that would be a too high amount of work. Or you could bind the levels to the amounts of minutes watched - but then you have the PAL/NTSC problem again, because the running time differs when running in 23,976fps or 25fps. You'd be putting people from PAL countries (like me) in a disadvantage just because they live there. You'd also put check-ins in an advantage because the running time there is always longer than the acutal running time. So how could you do this without the danger of abuse or disadvantage for non-us users or honest scrobblers? I honestly can't think of any way.

    Gaining levels/experience from writing reviews/shouts (more from reviews than from shouts, of course) and getting likes for what you've written, for example, can bind the people doing this more to the site. Almost every other site has levels for watching, but I don't think any site has levels for reviewing. Do something that sets you apart from all the other sites out there, that will bind people from all regions to your site. The perhaps best way would be in this case writing or reading reviews. This could boost community activity, as it is currently very barren (considering it has almost 350k users but less than 0.1% are writing reviews). And I think this could use a boost more than the viewership.

  • sp1ti commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The problem stems from the fact that there are only two badges on the site currenty ;o. There was one for "VIP" and one for "Early adopter" when the system was introduced but since then there wasn't really any news on it.
    You can aim for a similar system as steam recently introduced though: achievements and rankings :)

  • Dakota Lopez commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Alright, but I've now gone on to write around 25 comments (21 of which were reviews) and there's no way for me to gauge how long until i receive a badge. With experience and levels you can at the very least gauge how far along you are. If not that, then I'd suggest making a page of obtainable badges that you can look through, to give people an idea as to what they have yet to earn and how to do so.

  • Dakota Lopez commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I really like the site, and actually I wanted to do something similar. But alas, you beat me to it. The one thing I've found is slightly upsetting is the lack of levels, ranks and experience one can receive for activity on the site. You see, the idea is very good. But I could see the average user getting bored quickly. By implementing a user points system you can keep them coming back. Keeps it interesting.

    Now here are a few tips. It's a terrible idea to assign points on how many episodes on has seen, or movies, as anyone can go through the site and say they've watched very show. I say assign points only to those checking in or scrobbling.

    Also, you have another potential issue on your site. Nobody reviews things anymore. I try to review every episode I see. Assign points to comments and reviews accordingly.

    Geekritique/Dakota Lopez

  • chatterer commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The idea was, that i have seen some comments from the admin "nice idea...", and why not a badge for this nice idea. With the free month come more ideas, more feedback and more bug-reporting.

    The admins show that they have support, support from the community and they want it.

  • sp1ti commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    They're still working out what they want badges to be but I like the idea :) (but I have no votes left ;()

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