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Gamification to encourage participation, moderation and growth of the community

Discussion in 'XenForo Suggestions' started by Stuart Wright, Sep 23, 2016.

  1. Stuart Wright

    Stuart Wright Well-Known Member

    So there are suggestions for improvements to the likes system to make it more like Luke's post ratings system. I think this is essential for XF2.
    Also I have suggested an improved trophy points system where x points can be awarded for every y of each event. For example 1 point awarded for every 50 posts and 1 point or every 10 positive post ratings. To remove the limited threshold based system we have now in favour of a much more flexible system.
    And there are currency addons where members can earn, buy and spend credits on rewards.

    But I think we need to extend the awarding of points/credits throughout Xenforo to reward members for doing things which help grow the community. Including actions in addons.
    Fundamentally we need a way to reward people for doing anything which makes the community grow and become a better resource.
    I bet there are lots of actions which members do which can earn them points.

    For example, reported content which gets resolved (rather than rejected) earns the reporter points.
    We should encourage people to 'complete' their profiles by awarding points for each item. The forum looks better, after all, when members have individual avatars.
    We should have a question and answer system to encourage people to help the members who are asking questions. So if a question prefix is used, members can vote on the best answer. When a reply has been posted to their question, the original questioner is encouraged to vote for the best answer. If a post is voted best answer, the thread prefix is changed to 'answered' and the poster gets points.
    The featured thread system is a perfect example of an addon which could earn the poster points. Thinking more broadly, we should reward members for starting popular threads. So they get points when their threads get views and replies.
    We should reward members for visiting regularly. Posting regularly.

    And of course, we need a way for members to spend their earned (or purchased) points. I've struggled to conjure up tangible membership benefits, otherwise I would enable the purchase of 'premium membership' on AVForums.
    For a mature audience like we have, there needs to be more than little icons displayed in their postbit. There need to be rewards that the members value. I'm thinking that this means access to more or better services/features on the forum, but in order to make those benefits, there has to be limitations on some things, like the size of someone's inbox. I am definitely struggling with this aspect of gamifying the forum, though.
    Suggestions welcome.
    League tables updated daily, weekly, monthly might be a way to encourage people. On a per forum basis, too, as some people only frequent one forum.

    There are doubtless lots of possibilities, but a well implemented, holistic system has to be in place in the core and usable by addons.

    Please like this post if you agree we need a better rewards system in Xenforo.
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2016
  2. RobParker

    RobParker Well-Known Member

    I've said it before but Post Ratings REALLY encourages engagement and I agree that getting it into the core would be a huge step forward
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  3. drastic

    drastic Well-Known Member

    If your site is FUN, people will definitely use it more often.
  4. Pierce

    Pierce Active Member

    We had this crazy rep points system on VB 4, it would go into different dot colours, then stars, then gold it was crazy fun.

    We have about 50% likes to post on a daily basis so doing something with likes to make it fun is important.
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  5. Stuart Wright

    Stuart Wright Well-Known Member

    I haven't touched on removing points for misdemeanours, but this is something which should be considered. Very simply, any warning points awarded could be deducted from the member's points. Any resolved report against a member could also deduct points.
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  6. RobinHood

    RobinHood Well-Known Member

    "10 points from Gryffindor!"
    - Severus Snape Stuart Wright
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  7. Alfa1

    Alfa1 Well-Known Member

    Gamification works to grow communities and to increase quality.

    XenForo 1 has a very basic foundation with trophy points and criteria. XF2 should really have a much more advanced system to power our sites and to allow addon developers to create all kinds of addons for it.

    I much agree with @Stuart Wright that there should be functionality to identify valuable content (like answers to questions), valuable actions (like valid reports) and reward members for contributing in this way.

    This would be a very large step forward for XenForo. It will enhance our communities greatly and will reduce our workload.
    Another aspect to improving report functionality is the changed legal requirements which need communities to proactive moderate abusive content. Stimulating members to report problematic content would help in this regard as well. It would also be useful if members can easily flag an abusive post in a similar way as post ratings works.
    EU court: pay damages for ineffective Post Report moderation system.
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