If you spend any time in the comments section of our blogs, you may have already noticed that some people have "Editor" or "Community Manager" next to their usernames. Well, there's a new badge on the block, and it's called the "Vocalizer." Check out some examples from our sister papers, the Phoenix New Times and Denver Westword, below.
Here's the Vocalizer badge:
Here's what our Top Commenter and Editor badges look like:
What's that? You want a snazzy badge like this attached to your comments? Well, you'll have to earn it, of course.
To find out how to earn the Vocalizer badge, head on over to the Voice Places Facebook page and give it a "like." (Voice Places is our directory and events calendar, in case you haven't heard.) Voice Places Facebook fans will be the first to get the scoop on how to join this elite group of reviewers. Hint: Posting a review on Voice Places is the first step, so get to it!
Soon, you'll also start to see a "Top Commenter" badge next to the profiles of -- you guessed it -- our top commenters. If you want to be one of the first to earn a "Top Commenter" badge, you know what to do: Comment on our blog posts, and comment often. Yell at us for skipping your favorite place on our latest top-ten list, and let us know when you agree with our reviews or when you think we're so off-base that our taste buds must have fallen out of our mouths. We love it when you're opinionated.
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