Member badges are the colored boxes displayed to the right next to a person’s name in comments, or beneath the name on a profile page.
Badges indicate a range of things on Stitch, but most of all they relate to the one thing we value in the community more than anything else:
Stitch is full of many amazing members who truly embody our community values and want to make the community better for everyone. For these members we want to make it as easy as possible to reach out to other members and create the community in their area.
But like any community which is open to the broader public, we also occasionally find that some people join Stitch for the wrong reasons. They might join in order to promote a business, or to message dozens of our members with spam or other inappropriate messages.
We've discovered that the best way for the system to distinguish between the two types of members is to judge them by the positive contributions they make to the community.
That's where Stitch badges come in.
Badges indicate Member Status and other Achievements which help give you some idea of how much that person contributes to the Stitch Community.
Members with higher status levels stand out as people who frequently help others, and are often a good indicator of trustworthiness.
Badges can also be used to indicate extra privileges that member has earned in the community.
This article explains the member badges you are likely to see on Stitch.
Full Member Badges
Full members have paid for a full membership of the Stitch Community, with either a Community Basic, Community Standard or Community Manager membership. Full members get access to all aspects of the community, can come to members-only events and activities, create groups, suggest events, and more.
Members who positively contribute to the community receive Membership Points, which in turn helps them unlock higher status levels on Stitch. These levels are distinguishable by Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond badges respectively.
Members with higher status levels stand out as people who frequently help others, and are often a good indicator of trustworthiness. They also earn additional privileges on Stitch, including access to additional features, rewards, discounted memberships, and more.
You can learn more about status levels and the Stitch Reward program here.
The Community Champion badge is awarded to any member who has successfully held three Stitch events in their area. Community Champions are trusted members of the community who are able to publish events and activities without needing review by the Stitch team.
Community Champions can also verify new members at events.
The Community Supporter badge indicates a member who has supported Stitch by choosing a higher level membership plan: either the Community Standard or Community Manager plan.
Community Standard members get a red ribbon, while Community Manager members get a blue ribbon.
Public Member Badges
Public members are members who have not yet opted to become a full member of the community, and who remain on the "Public" membership of Stitch. Public members are able to attend Public events and activities, join Public Stitch interest groups, and participate in Public discussions but are limited from accessing the majority of the activities in the Stitch Community which are reserved for full members and supporters only. You can learn more about what's included with a full membership of Stitch here.
To reflect the limited access to the community Public members receive, Public members are shown with a green "LIMITED" badge on their profile.
There are two variations of the badge:
Verified Public members are distinguishable by the darker green badge. They are able to attend Public events and activities, and take part in most real-world activities in the community. They cannot attend premium member-only events, or use Stitch's capabilities for connecting with other members online, such as group discussions and one-on-one messaging.
Unverified members are distinguishable by the lighter green badge. These members have joined Stitch but have not yet verified their accounts, and so often attend Public events held by Stitch Community Champions in order to get verified in person. Unverified members can attend events and activities, but cannot communicate with other Stitch members until they are verified.
Guidelines for Public members attending their first Stitch activities can be found here.
Stitch Team Members
Members of the Stitch team will be shown with the Stitch badge. Please say hello!
Partners of Stitch have limited access to the community in order to create events and activities that may be of interest to Stitch members. They are only able to attend activities and join groups that they organize themselves.
Commercial members are Stitch members who have been identified themselves as conducting activities on Stitch for commercial or semi-commercial purposes. Stitch permits these activities provided Commercial members comply with a strict set of guidelines in order to post their activities on Stitch. This includes full transparency regarding the nature of their business, and any fees charged in return for their events. Commercial members are also limited in the number of groups and activities they can create on Stitch.