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Best/Innovative ideas for trophies

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by Live Free, Aug 12, 2013.

  1. Live Free

    Live Free Active Member

    I'm moving my board to XF in a few days, and I'm trying to determine how to use the trophy system. My initial impressions are that it's gimmicky and unnecessary, maybe better suited for a specific demographic.

    Right now I'm torn between disabling it entirely or coming up with a better usage. I'm also considering using it as a replacement for the reputation system.

    How do you guys use the trophy point system in a way that adds real value to your site? Any innovative and fresh ideas?
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2013
  2. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    If you want inspiration and are willing to extend the system on a development level I can't see a better company to be inspired by than http://store.steampowered.com/
    Steve F, Brent W and Russ like this.
  3. dvsDave

    dvsDave Well-Known Member

    I would suggest looking at feverbee.com, these guys really understand each type of user and what they need. Visitors -> Newcomers -> Regulars -> Seniors -> Volunteers. Each of these roles in the lifecycle of membership have different needs, and some of those needs are of recognition. I can see using the trophy system as a way to show the user that their contributions are valued! I would avoid Gamification, I.E. post based rewards, as that has short term rewards and long-term consequences. A better method is manual awards, i.e. best contribution to a thread every week, winner of a contest, volunteer of the month, etc.
  4. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Well-Known Member

    Do you have anything on your site that your users might have missed? We use trophies as an indirect way to help users discover areas of the site they may have overlooked.

    For example we have trophies for someone creating an ad in our ad system, reviewing a digital good in the marketplace, using a gravatar, giving best answers to threads, using our keyword tracker or back link tracker, trying premium membership, using 2-factor authentication, linking third party accounts, reporting posts that had an action taken, etc...

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  5. leo13

    leo13 Member

    These are very original trophies. Can you please share how you did some of them. :)
  6. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Well-Known Member

    Those are really all specific to special data types/add-ons we have.
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  7. Jeffin

    Jeffin Well-Known Member

    100 points for a DP tattoo and I can't believe someone got that!! Wow. :eek:
    Oops sorry Live Free for getting out of topic.
  8. taylor_smith

    taylor_smith Well-Known Member

    Would love to see more examples of gamification using trophies.
  9. ARSamo

    ARSamo Member

    would you like to release them...?
  10. caliman

    caliman Active Member

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