If that becomes the norm, be prepared to discern between those who have truly quit and those who are on temporary pause. Using myself as an example, it's been quite a few months since I last Folded - had my roommate's Soyo rig die on her, gave her my PC, and have been in the process of replacing mine (I'm currently using my son's). Since my roommate and myself make a living off of our PCs, I can't afford to stress these two working computers without a backup in place, especially in winter when I have the heat cranked up and thus my computer temps are up as well. Regardless, I plan to get back into full swing once I've completed the upgrade cycle.
Good point, it is going to be difficult to tell when people can't fold vs. when people aren't folding. It's not something we'd take away immediately anyway, it would likely be a generous grace period.
The other thing I look at is if anyone has ever contributed points under MaximumPC towards Folding, they deserve recognition. Let the rankings be the great equalizer when it comes to valuing how much their contribution relates to others, rather than taking way a badge that helps get the word out. Following that strip-away logic, one might as well take away [PC] and 'Kick-Ass Moderator' badges for those who aren't currently active in the respective titles...
Quite honestly, that is something we have considered on and off for [PC], so I would be careful what you wish for
Taking the badge away was just something to consider, and was not a final decision by any means. I agree that the badge does great things to advertise for FAH, and a lot of people who do start folding do keep folding, even if it is not a major contribution -- every little bit counts, and it's great free advertising.
I'm searching for a way to do this without a lot of overhead and making sure we meet as much of the need as we can. If we just let the badge signify "I Folded Once" it doesn't reward people who continue to fold or who have folded for quite a while, even if they aren't superstar folders like the top 20 producers. But, the badge we have now is a great way to build a community and a team, even if it doesn't separate the leadership or the consistent folders from the people who fold when they can (or gave up folding temporarily/permanently).
If, as Blondie suggested, we cut off the 800 and up people with a second badge, when we attract more regular folders we're going to have to widen that gap a little bit
Also, someone is going to have to determine when someone switches over into a "regular" folder, and if someone falls back out of that do we ever take away their badge? I think if someone was #500 then for some reason has to stop folding, it's not necessarily fair to take away their badge. That's where I would fall more in One4's opinion of continued reward for service.