Published: April 14, 2010
So deviantART rolled out this whole Llama Badge thing a couple of weeks ago. I've now received several, mostly from people I've never heard of, who never commented or +fav'd my work. Apparently, each deviant can give a Llama Badge to each other deviant, at most once. Furthermore, this requires confirming one's site password. That's a lot of pressure to think twice before awarding a Llama Badge.
And I don't even know what they're supposed to mean.
Okay, I guess it's a good thing. But how good is it? If they cost nothing to give, are they worth anything? By what criteria should I decide whether to give a Llama Badge?
And then people started trading Llama Badges for other dA commodities, notably Points. And then dA came out with this Points-for-Llamas market thingy, further complicating the matter. I don't know if that makes Llamas more valuable or just cheapens them by taking artistic merit out of the equation. But then, I wasn't sure if artistic merit was even part of it to begin with.
Of course, the deviantART Help & Support area has no FAQ entries regarding Llama Badges.
The whole point of this journal is to answer anyone who might be wondering to themselves, "why hasn't ~vidthekid given me a llama?" (Yes, I'm narcissistic like that.) Well I'm sure many of my watchers and watchees are deserving. But until I get, in my mind, a very clear idea of what it really means to give a Llama Badge, I won't be giving any. Because without that clear idea, I really can't decide whom to give a Llama Badge, and perhaps more crucially, whom not to give one. I feel guilty leaving people out without a good reason, and if I just give Llama badges to everyone, then clearly they have no meaning after all. And then, what's the point?