At the beginning you get badges for like every edit and then at some point it's every 1.000 edit, so it will take some time for us both now. Also, I am still No 1, there's two No 1 ;)
I still have somewhat mixed feelings about the achievements feature though. I like that it's motivating, but the feature just disregards so many details like how much you really edited. It is totally the same thing if you just fix a broken link or rewrite a whole article.
But it's fun anyway, especially because I always forget how we customised the badges and every time I earn one I'm like: "Oh, that's cool, now I am a sky pirate" or I am really annoyed because the picture was cropped in a very ugly way.
I do feel that many of mine (especially the 1000 categories) were undeserved, because I got 1000 edits for adding all the categories to characters, yet The Strange Traveller got pretty much nothing for all their huge edits. And it must be annoying that 2000 of your edits don't count... But still, I'm almost halfway to your number of edits! I hit 1500 today, even though the achievement hasn't counted 400 of them. My #1 goal is to get the 250 point reward from editing every day for a year. I really liked the theme of the pictures you used for those, with Quint and Maris. It's a shame you ran out of pictures of them for the 60 day+ rewards.
Congratulations from me as well DeadlyDirtBlock! So many edits is very impressive! Is the badge for a whole year of editing in a row really worth 250 points?! (I can’t see it yet)
I really like the achievement/badge feature, despite its flaws. It is a fun motivation for editing, and it does give a general idea of how much people have edited. The badge for days in a row of editing has motivated me to come to the wiki to edit, at least one small thing, every day, even if I am occupied with other things like school. I too really like the theme of Quint and Maris for the days in a row badges.
I don’t mind that a lot of my work isn’t really registered by the badges. The badges don’t do anything, they are just for fun, and all of you know about the amount I have contributed to the wiki regardless of what the badges say. The badges just happen to represent one way of contributing to the wiki, making many minor fixes, over another, making a few big edits, but they are both valid and good ways.
If we keep editing at this rate, and if the authors don't release anything else after The Descenders, we will eventually reach that point. Maybe in 5-10 years time. At the moment, I'd say about 90-95% of pages on the wiki need working on to bring up to our current standards.