Does having the different colors help to quickly find the latest posts in a specific category by identifying the color?
The badges mostly help to identify what type of user you are. This is not for ‘high fives!’ or ‘good jobs!’. But they help to identify and filter users as ‘regular’, ‘staff’, ‘editor’, etc. I can remove the badge system.
A few have asked about a list of members that shows when they joined and how many posts they’ve made. You can search any users username (or name, if they’ve put in that information on the their profile) by clicking the in the top righthand side of the page. If you view a users profile, on the right side you can see, when they joined, when they last posted and when they were last on the forum (seen).
On the leftside menu, you can see how many topics, posts, likes, etc. that users has made.
You can view this information on a users profile, without the badges system. A badge is simply a group of users that can be viewed quickly and see when they last posted.