Seems any accolades related to the Answers component of HubPages, which was recently retired, have been removed from our profiles. Ah, I'll miss my badges of honor for getting Best Answers, even though they're really just superficial gold stars.
This makes me wonder--have other accolades been removed before? I recall one for having your Hub featured as the Hub of the Day--does Hubpages still do this? If not, it would be interesting if those accolades remain.
To be clear, I'm simply curious, not upset.
We do remove accolades for features that have been discontinued, unfortunately. We did consider keeping them, but ultimately decided that it wasn't worth it to have leftover pieces of code hanging around from old, retired features. And, additionally we thought these might confuse new users who wouldn't know what they meant.
Is the level commenter one of the ones retired?
No, those accolades are still around, but the level changes with the author's recent activity (those who have left a lot of good comments on other articles recently will have a higher level, and it may go down again if the author takes a break from HubPages).
I see that two of mine disappeared, probably snuck off to the Q&A and are fooling around.
I understand how you feel. The thinking is probably to remove confusion--new Hubbers may not understand what they accolades were referring to as the sections no longer exist--but it's still too bad. The more accolades on a profile, the more prestigious the Hubber looks.
Personally, I still miss our customized profile background images, which (when used properly) added a great custom flair to each Hubber.
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