So I got confirmation today that we have NO plans to wipe the Discourse forums before the site launches for real. That means that all of your achievements and such will be preserved (including trust levels and earned badges.)
There will be another data migration (which may wipe things like edited novels on the preview site, that sort of thing) to bring everything in line before that happens. But this should not affect the forums here. I was pretty much given the decision whether or not to reset, and I’ve opted for “for the love of god, I don’t want to do all that stuff again.”
For MY part, this means a couple of things: I’m going to go through and do some cleaning to get rid of silly things, and we’re going to remove some stuff that is more “silly test data.” I may also edit/move posts as I go, and I’ll be filling out all those placeholder forum text descriptions (about this category posts.) Haven’t done that before now because I didn’t want to spend days doing it only to have to do it again.
I will also start work on your beta tester badges.