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== How to install ==

	1. Put the "badges" directory somewhere in your python path
	2. Add "badges" to your installed apps (in the settings.py file)

	3. OPTIONAL: If you want to use the pre-made badges overview/checklist page, 
		add this to your main "urls.py" file:
		
		urlpatterns += patterns('',
			(r'^badges/', include('badges.urls')),
		)

== How to make badges ==

	Create a "meta_badges.py" file and import it at the bottom of your 
	models.py file. This is where you will define all badge classes. Every 
	badge is subclassed from "badges.MetaBadge"

	Here is an example badge that is awarded to users who fill in all the 
	fields on their profile:

		import badges
		from myapp.models import UserProfile

		class Autobiographer(badges.MetaBadge):
			id = "autobiographer"
			model = UserProfile
			one_time_only = True

			title = "Autobiographer"
			description = "Completed the User Profile"
			level = "1"

			def get_user(self, instance):
				return instance.user

			def check_email(self, instance):
				return instance.user.email		    

	The badges are awarded using the post_save signal. So whenever a member of 
	the model, in this case "UserProfile," is saved,
	it checks to see if the user should be awarded a badge.
	
	In this example, whenever a user profile is saved, the badges app checks 
	each of the conditions and if they are 
	all True, then the badge is awarded.

	The "get_user" method is passed the same instance as the condition checks 
	and needs to return the	user who should receive the badge. The default is 
	instance.user

	The "one_time_only" attribute determines whether a user can earn the badge 
	more than once. If a badge was awarded for writing a post that got 1000 
	views, you may want to award it for EACH post that gets 1000 views, instead 
	of just the first time.
		
	Conditions are callback functions. Any methods of your badge class whose 
	names start with "check" will be passed an instance of the model instance 
	that has just been saved. If all the conditions	return "True," the badge 
	will be awarded (unless it's a one-time-only and the user already has it).

	There are some badge info attributes which define the information about 
	the badge that will be shown on your website:
		
		id - the unique name that will be used to identify the badge in your 
			database. The reason for this is so that you can change the title, 
			description, and level without worry
		
		title - the Name of the badge as it will appear on the website.
	
		description - a short description of the badge as it will appear on 
			the website.

		level - badges are either easy (bronze/b), medium (silver/s), or hard 
			(gold/g) to get. It	would not be very hard to change the levels to 
			something else like numbers.

== Signals ==

	When a badge is awarded, a signal is fired (found in badges.signals). The 
	"sender" keyword argument is the metaBadge you defined (Autobiographer in 
	this case), and NOT the badge model instance that is automatically created. 
	The "user" keyword argument is the user who the badge was awarded to, and 
	the "badge" keyword argument is the model instance of the badge in the 
	database (badges.models.Badge)

	example:

		from badges.signals import badge_awarded

		def do_something_after_badge_is_awarded(sender, user, badge):
			pass

		badge_awarded.connect(do_something_after_badge_is_awarded, 
							  sender=Autobiographer)


== Manually Awarding a Badge ==

	You can manually award a badge to a user using the "award_to" method on the
	Badge model instance.

	Example: Award a random badge to a random user...

	from django.contrib.auth.models import User
	from badges.models import Badge

	random_user = User.objects.order_by("?")[0]
	random_badge = Badges.objects.order_by("?")[0]

	random_badge.award_to(random_user)

Recent activity

Ryan Witt

Commits by Ryan Witt were pushed to ryanwitt/django-badges

13f4a17 - Updated the badge count template to use the more efficient query. Have to pass in a user or users queryset now as 'u'.
Ryan Witt

Commits by Ryan Witt were pushed to ryanwitt/django-badges

3f636cd - Added a utility function to get a users's badge counts in one db query. This speeds up my badge detail page rendering by over 6x.
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