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PSA: Gold Flairs vs Winner Picks/Badges. Info and comparison table inside!

There is always confusion about gold flairs and winner picks, especially among people who are newer to the subreddit.

This post seeks to eliminate that confusion by explaining and comparing both of these important parts of our fan community.

Below is an image and brief description of each, followed by a detailed table.

Gold flairs (as do all flairs) show up next to your name. They are available to select until the night of Episode 2 so you have lots of time to figure out who to root for. Gold flairs are not meant to be winner picks - you can pick for any reason. However, gold flairs of a winner do become special at the end of a season as a perk. After the gold flair deadline, contestant flairs are available in silver. You can change your gold flair as often as you want while they're available for selection but once gold flairs are turned off you're stuck with what you have (or you can dump the gold flair for a silver contestant one or custom grey flair - message the mods for a custom flair).

Winner picks are submitted privately into a survey form the mods put up in the last week of the pre-season. The deadline is the moment before the premiere starts airing, with no exceptions. Those who submit a correct winner flair will end up with a circular badge containing the season's number next to their username. Badges stack so you might be lucky enough to end up with a string of badges! You cannot get a badge any other way other than to submit a pick into the official selection form.

Here's what a user with two badges and a gold flair looks like.

Note: your gold flair and winner pick do not have to be for the same person. You can publicly root for someone (gold flair) while submitting someone else as your private winner pick. By the same token, you can choose to set your gold flair and winner pick to the same contestant. If they win you'll get the season badge and the special winner flair.

Comparison Table
  • | GOLD FLAIRS | WINNER PICKS ---|---|--- Purpose | To support a contestant for any reason (you like them, like their name, think they're cute, think they'll win, anything!). | Officially select who you think will win a season. *** | *** | *** Private/Public | Displayed publicly next to your username on all web browsers, as well as any mobile apps that have flair support. | Picks are private and only seen by mods. If you pick correctly there will be a publicly-visible badge once the season ends. Badges should be visible in all browsers but most likely not in mobile apps. *** | *** | *** Selection period | Typically from the day of the official cast announcement, until the moment Episode 2 starts airing. This gives you pre-season and the first week of the show to select who you want to publicly support. | Winner picks are available pre-season only! Typically selections open a week before the day of the premiere and go until the moment before the premiere starts airing. *** | *** | *** Change-ability | While gold flairs are available in the flair-selection box you can change as frequently as you want. Once they are no longer available you cannot get one. | Once you submit a winner pick it is final for that season and cannot be changed. *** | *** | *** How they're displayed | Gold flairs show up as gold. If/when the contestant is eliminated the gold flairs become "mold" flairs until the end of the season. Once the season ends they come back to gold. As a perk, gold flairs of the winner get converted to a special-looking flair. (However, remember that gold flairs don't have to be winner picks.) | Winner picks are submitted privately so nothing is displayed while the season airs. After the season is over, users with a correct winner pick get a badge with the season number next to their name. *** | *** | *** Multiples? | You can only have one flair at a time (Reddit site-wide-limitation).| Badges are encoded into our stylesheet so you can have multiples. The badges will show up left-to-right in increasing season number. *** | *** | *** How long they last | All flairs (gold or otherwise) last until you choose to remove them entirely or select a new one. | Badges will be around indefinitely unless we change how we do them. *** | *** | *** How to select | Follow the instructions on this page. | The mods will post a survey form for submissions. Nothing except for submissions into the official form counts! Comments you made pre-season, a picture you took of a handwritten note, etc, will not count. Only what is submitted into the official form will be recorded and turned into a badge if you are right. *** | *** | *** What to do you if you don't see it | If you are a on a mobile app, check a desktop browser. If it's not showing up, make sure the "Show my flair on this subreddit" checkbox is checked as it's easy to accidentally uncheck it. It's right where you select a flair from the box. If it's still not showing up, message the moderators. | If you are a on a mobile app, check a desktop browser. If it's still not showing, there could be several things wrong. 1) You put your username incorrectly into the survey form so the badge isn't tied to your username correctly. 2) You actually picked a non-winner in the survey form. 3) You didn't submit a pick into the official form. Message the moderators to see which of these is the case. If it's a matter of fixing CSS we can change it easily. If you forgot or picked someone else, sorry! Better luck next time!

Hopefully this clears things up! Let us know if you have questions.
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level 1
22 points · 2 years ago

I suddenly find myself wondering why Jeff Probst flairs aren't actually a thing.

level 2
4 points · 2 years ago

Does that mean you could always get a gold JP flair?

level 3
3 points · 2 years ago

Not necessarily. Gold could just be available the same time other gold flairs are available, then the rest of the time his flair is the more common whitish-greyish tone.

level 2
3 points · 2 years ago

He has made final tribal council for 33 seasons and has yet to win the game. Will season 34 be his lucky season?

level 1
7 points · 2 years ago

Is there a specific date/time for when winner picks will become available?

level 2
Moderator of r/survivor, speaking officially+ 10 points · 2 years ago

Winner picks for Game Changers will open Wednesday morning!

level 1
8 points · 2 years ago

Gonna be so hard to pick a winner this season!

level 2
3 points · 2 years ago

I love speculating potential alliances, and winning scenarios for returnees that we are familiar with! Picking a winner from a newbie season feels like drawing names from a hat to me. But with returnees, I can try to visualize what needs to happen for the contestants to win. It is very hard because so many of the players have the potential, but I do love it!

level 2
1 point · 2 years ago

I agree. I'm still deciding between Hali, Malcolm, Michaela, JT and Sandra. Although Andrea I think has a good shot. So does Cirie. There are so many big threats that have a good shot since they'll be able to team up possibly..

level 1
6 points · 2 years ago

The deadline is the moment before the premiere starts airing, with no exceptions.

Even if I'm hypothetically on the show and I win? That would be unfortunate :(

level 2
7 points · 2 years ago

Adam Klein didn't submit a pick, but he got a badge, so I don't think you have to worry if you win.

level 2
4 points · 2 years ago

Very limited common-sense exceptions can be made at mods' discretion.*

level 1
4 points · 2 years ago

Question: if you have a winner flair, will it be gone forever if you pick a new gold flair this season? I'd like to join in the fun but would hate to get rid of my shiny red Adam permanently.

level 2
2 points · 2 years ago

Answered in the "How long they last" row of the comparison table.

level 1
2 points · 2 years ago

Where do I go to choose?

level 2
3 points · 2 years ago

Read the post...

level 3
2 points · 2 years ago

I did but Im old and cant find the edit next to my name(:

level 4
3 points · 2 years ago

There's a screenshot that shows where it is in the sidebar.

level 5
1 point · 2 years ago

I finally figured it out on my work computer(: Thanks for your help!

level 6
1 point · 2 years ago

You're welcome!

level 1

I know I already have a flair but I use the mobile app 99% of the time, and for the other users that are the same, is there a way to change/get a flair on mobile?

level 2
1 point · 2 years ago

Maybe some apps support it? I'm not sure. The best bet is to use a computer, even if only just to set the flair and nothing else.

level 1
1 point · 2 years ago

Can you have both a badge and a flair?

level 2
5 points · 2 years ago

Yes you can! I have right now and Adam flair and an Adam (Season 33) Winner Badge.

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