Badges & levels in Google Product Forums

Google Product Forums use badges and levels to identify certain members of a Forum.


Badges indicate a member's identity or level of participation, such as:

  • tc Rising Stars: People who are developing their product knowledge
  • tc Top Contributors: Knowledgeable and active Forum participants
  • expert Top Contributor alumni: Past Top Contributors
  •  Mentors: Experienced Top Contributors who give help and advice to Rising Stars, new participants, and anyone interested in the Top Contributor program
  •  Best Answers: This badge is awarded to Forum members whose posts have been marked as best answers
  • googler Google Employees: Guides and community managers who work at Google 
  •  Google Experts: Google partners who share their expertise


Levels indicate how much someone participates in a Forum. Everyone starts at level 1 and can rise to level 10. These activities can increase your level:

  • Post an answer
  • Have your answer selected as the best answer
  • Have your post rated as helpful
  • Vote up a post
  • Correctly mark a topic or post as abuse

If your posts are marked as abuse and removed from the Forum, that will slow your advance to the next level.

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