Why only allow showing two badges ？
Seems that we can only display two badges within the forum. Why need this control? Any tips of breaking this restrictions?
The idea is that we should prevent the situation that the information around a post becomes too long in comparison to the actual content of the message. The stuff under the name will end up looking like a christmas tree if you allow all badges to show there. IMHO, the space for the poster name is already a bit big in comparison to the length of your post, Chuck :-)
What might work is a situation where the list of badges is scrolled upwards one badge every second or so, in a nicely animated way, of course :-)
As Andre writes, it’s to prevent the forum threads to look like myspace or geocities pages of old ;) Also having to decide on two badges to show gives it a personal touch. If you want to see someones full set of badges just have a look at their profile.
We went with text on the badges (and not just icons) because they have instant meaning to anyone, regardless of their icon deciphering skills or mouse hover actions.