if you haven't done it yet, here is the solution: Assuming that you have created the "verified field in the database, I suggest to make sure it is like this:
`user_verified` enum('yes','no') NOT NULL DEFAULT 'no'

To implement the badge for verified users:
We have to assign the field to the user data.
Open \libs\user.php
1. Within the class User {
add

var $user_verified = '';
2. In the function read {
scroll down until you see $this->username = $user->user_login; (Line 205)
insert right after it or anywhere before "return true;" the following:
$this->user_verified = $user->user_verified;
3. scroll to Line 262 or until you see "function fill_smarty($main_smarty, $stats = 1){"
4. insert anywhere where you see "$main_smarty->assign", the following:
$main_smarty->assign('user_verified', $this->user_verified);
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To show the badge in the profile: Open \templates\bootstrap\user_navigation.tpl
NOTE: MAKE SURE TO CHANGE "PATH-TO-THE BADGE IMAGE" TO THE REAL PATH
1. Insert after <h1 style="margin-bottom:0px;"> (line 13) the following:
{if $user_verified eq 'yes'}<img src="PATH-TO-THE BADGE IMAGE" alt="Verified user" title="Verified user" />{/if}
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To show the badge in beside the submitter's avatar:
Open \libs\link.php
1. Insert anywhere within the "class Link {"
var $user_verified = '';
2. Scroll down to Line 497 or until you see "if($this->get_author_info == true){"
and Insert:
$smarty->assign('user_verified', $this->user_verified);
3. Scroll down to line 1129 or until you see "function username() {"
Insert between "$this->username = $user->username;" and "return $user->username;" the following:
$this->user_verified = $user->user_verified;
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Now to show the badge in the story:
Open \templates\bootstrap\link_summary.tpl
NOTE: MAKE SURE TO CHANGE "PATH-TO-THE BADGE IMAGE" TO THE REAL PATH

1. On line 107 or where it says <span class="subtext">
Change the following code
<span class="subtext"> {if $UseAvatars neq "0"}<span id="ls_avatar-{$link_shakebox_index}"><img src="{$Avatar_ImgSrcs}" width="16px" height="16px" alt="" title="Avatar" /></span>{else}<i class="fa fa-user"></i>{/if}
To
<span class="subtext"> {if $UseAvatars neq "0"}<span id="ls_avatar-{$link_shakebox_index}"><img src="{$Avatar_ImgSrcs}" width="16px" height="16px" alt="" title="Avatar" />{if $user_verified eq 'yes'}<img src="PATH-TO-THE BADGE IMAGE" width="16px" height="16px" alt="Verified user" />{/if}</span>{else}<i class="fa fa-user"></i>{/if}
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To add it to the Top users
Open \topusers.php
1. Look for $main_smarty->assign('user_username', $user->username) (should be Line 94);
Insert right after it the following:
$main_smarty->assign('user_verified', $user->user_verified);
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Open \templates\bootstrap\topusers_data.tpl
NOTE: MAKE SURE TO CHANGE "PATH-TO-THE BADGE IMAGE" TO THE REAL PATH

Change this
<td>{if $UseAvatars neq "0"}<img src="{$user_avatar}" align="absmiddle" />{/if} <a href="{$user_userlink}">{$user_username}</a></td>
To
<td>{if $UseAvatars neq "0"}<img src="{$user_avatar}" align="absmiddle" />{/if} <a href="{$user_userlink}">{$user_username}</a> {if $user_verified eq 'yes'}<img src=" PATH-TO-THE BADGE IMAGE" alt="Verified user" title="Verified user" align="absmiddle" />{/if}</td>
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Done!