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I like the grayscaling approach mentioned in some of the other answers. Here's an alternative approach for your consideration: Be up front about the change and explain to the users what is happening. Make a clear transition from the old system to the new system together. The implementation details of this approach may be: Show a screen at first launch ...


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I'd totally agree with Scott's answer. You shouldn't use "deprecated" or similar, it sounds like those achievements are demoted and lost their value. You should "upgrade/promote" them as they will become unattainable. They shouldn't be hidden, but maybe another section for them should be created. It's like e.g. football(soccer) world champion of the past - ...


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All the answers here are glass half empty. Good news is, the glass is actually 90% full for you. World of Warcraft (clearly what you should emulate if you're talking gamification) has this exact 'problem', and turns it into an opportunity. Many of their in game achievements become unattainable, due to a variety of reasons. Do they delete people's ...


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Don't show them. To keep deprecated features in a live product means to find solutions to justify their integration -as you are now doing-, to document them internally, to maintain something that is essentially useless. You are actually moving forward in time the act of planning and executing a final retirement of these features. Since the national ...


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A possibility would be to mark the 'old' badges with a 'retired' label, as others have suggested, but maybe also include a new 'current' badge signifying accomplishment of the old badges. Maybe levels of a badge based on number of historic badges. 'badge buddy' 'badge all-star' 'look at the piles and piles of badges!' Still see the old badges, get a new ...


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Can't comment, so it comes as an answer: I agree with edeverett that you must phrase it in a positive manner to lessen the disappointment. Is some sort of legend or hover-tooltip acceptable, or do you need it so be self-explanatory? If you CAN provide explanation, I´d vote for a e.g. a scholar hat as icon for the deprecated lessons. Why scholar hat? Give ...


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An interesting clue in your question is: "this might be potentially de-motivating to people who have 'lost' a lot of previously acheived badges." How can you avoid disappointment? I think you need to re-frame the issue of "lost" or "depreciated" badges in to be more phrased in a positive way. Instead of presenting the old badges like "You've lost ...


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I quite like Foursquare's method for this - they use coloured badges for achieved, grey ones for unachieved, and add a 'Retired' banner to those that are no longer available:


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In addition to Whillingx I would use an icon to ensure all colour perceptions are catered for.


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If the current badges make use of colour, presenting the deprecated badges in greyscale might work in this situation. download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups



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