Earning Badges Pays Off – Literally!

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We told you that payoffs were coming, and they're finally here! To kick off this exciting new phase of the IT Knowledge Exchange Badge Program, we're doing a site-wide reward for members who have been active within the past 6 months and have earned at least one badge: $10 Amazon.com gift card to those who qualify.

From here on out, prizes will be as follows:

  • Bronze Member Badge: Sticker and ITKnowledgeExchange t-shirt
  • Silver Member Badge: $25 Amazon.com Gift Card
  • Gold Member Badge: $50 Amazon.com Gift Card
  • Platinum Member Badge: $100 Amazon.com Gift Card
  • Nerd Cog: $10 Amazon.com Gift Card
  • Genius Cog: $25 Amazon.com Gift Card
  • Brainiac Cog: $50 Amazon.com Gift Card
  • Certified Nerd Cog: $10 Amazon.com Gift Card
  • Certified Genius Cog: $25 Amazon.com Gift Card
  • Certified Brainiac Cog: $50 Amazon.com Gift Card
For more information on the Badge Program, including how you can earn each one, check out our FAQ page, the Community Blog, or email us directly at ContactUs@ITKnowledgeExchange.com.

The Fine Print

  • Must be active within the past six months to qualify for initial prize.
  • For prizes that must be shipped, allow 2 to 4 weeks for delivery. Shipping only permitted to United States, Canada, and Europe.
  • For further TechTarget contest rules, please see the official contest rules.

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  • BigKat
    How do answers get accepted to earn the certified cogs?
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  • EmNichs
    If you answer is the one that helps the person who asked the question, then we're asking the question-asker to hit the grey check mark next to the answer you provided. Then it will be classified as approved--and after providing enough approved answers you will get a certified cog. Please Note: We need everyone who asks a question to return to their question once they've resolved the issue and approve the answer that provided the solution.
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  • MelanieYarbrough
    Here is more information on approving answers around the forums. We were having trouble with this before, but have applied a fix, so if anyone runs into additional problems, please let us know! We are currently reviewing the badges program, and we will announce about whether the badges and prizes are retroactive. Thank you for your patience, and we're excited to get this program rolling! Best, Melanie
    6,345 pointsBadges:
  • CharlieBrowne
    Thanks so much. You really do a great job of encouraging us to put in quality answers to questions.
    62,385 pointsBadges:
  • slack400
    Awesome idea! Now if there were only more Linux questions posted so that I could level up faster... oh well.
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  • EmNichs
    Slack400, We've got tons of Linux questions, have you answered them all? -Em
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  • The Most-Watched IT Questions: March 15, 2011 - ITKE Community Blog
    [...] 9. We kicked the Badge Program up a notch last week and earning badges started paying off! [...]
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  • The Most-Watched IT Questions: March 22, 2011 - ITKE Community Blog
    [...] We’re very excited by all of the feedback we’ve received from the community about the IT Knowledge Exchange Badge Rewards Program. 6. Saturno, Jinteik, Britinga, Sixball, IceCubbe, Yasirirfan, Pjb0222, and Koohiisan gave some [...]
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  • RamvishakRamesh
    Sticker and ITKnowledgeExchange t-shirt is only for US Canada, and Europe.?? :( What about others?
    2,505 pointsBadges:
  • JohnKennedy
    I appreciate the contributions made by community members.I would like to second RamvishaRar. And I would suggest that it would be of much importance to other members who do not come from locations of Reward.Above all knowledge is our most priority. So why so the other be given I manuals(soft copy notes) in terms of reward to help them advance their knowhow.
    415 pointsBadges:
  • RamvishakRamesh
    If shipment is a problem, an Amazon gift voucher also will do... A reward in any form is inspiring.. Who ever responsible, kindlly look into this :)
    2,505 pointsBadges:
  • Ben Rubenstein
    Hi Ramvishak, I sent you an Amazon gift card a couple weeks ago via email, but it seems you haven't received it. Please check your spam folder, and if it is not there, email me (brubenstein@techtarget.com) and I can send another.
    11,260 pointsBadges:
  • Jaideep Khanduja

    Is it still on?
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  • Michael Tidmarsh
    Hi Jaideep, yes our badge program is still in effect! Keep answering those questions and discussions to earn more ITKE points.
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