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  • Last updated May 3, 2018 at 12:10 PM by hank-holiday
Some frequently asked questions about Badge List.

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What's the difference between a free and a paid group?

Free groups are completely free to create and host and all group activity is visible on the public internet. Free groups include all of the basic features of the Badge List platform and are intended for groups and individuals which don't need advanced privacy controls or any of the premium features included with paid groups.

Paid groups include more control over privacy--admins can create private badges/evidence and choose to hide the lists of members and admins from the public internet. Some paid plans also include premium features such as reporting and app integrations. Pricing for paid groups is available here:

How do private badges work in a paid group? Who can see them? Isn't the public-ness of a badge the whole point?

Great question! 

The admins of a paid group get to decide whether each badge should be public, private or hidden by setting the #badge-visibility.  But this just controls whether the badge overview, requirements and wiki pages are visible to the public internet.  All evidence posted to badges belongs to the badge learner who posted it, so it is up to each learner to decide whether or not the badge should be displayed on their #Badge-List-Profile.   When people on the public internet click on the progress log of an expert of a private or hidden badge they will be able to see all of the evidence posted by the user.  But when the public clicks on the badge link itself they will not be able to browse the contents of the badge.

One other thing to be aware of is that the badge image, name, url and summary are always public (but not the badge overview if you have specified one).  The easiest way to see what your paid group looks like to others is to log out of your Badge List account and then visit the group, badge and log urls.

The main advantage of the privacy settings of a paid group is control.  Admins of a paid group can control who sees what. And badges created in closed groups have extra privacy options & permission controls.  For instance, #badge-requirements in a closed group can be set to "private" which means that evidence posted to them can only be seen by other members of the group (this privacy level is not available in free groups).

What if I don't want to issue badges until after I have checked the evidence provided?

If you're asking this question then you're probably confused about how this whole feedback and endorsement process works.  Don't worry, you're not the only one!  (It can be a bit confusing.) Read more about it here: #Request-Feedback.  The short version is this:  The badge is not issued until after one of the badge awarders endorses a learner's request for feedback. 

Can I share my badges on my website and social media?

Absolutely!  In fact, that's kind of the whole point.  For more info refer here: #Share-your-Badge

Can I share our group's badges inside of our LMS? Do you have an API?

Badge List as a robust API available to all groups. Documentation is available here: