So I want to create some usergroups with automatic promotions in order to encourage people to participate in the forums, enter user reviews of equipment in our editorial and such.
New Members. I'm inspired by Digital Point where new membership has some restrictions. No signatures, can't Like, can't enter competitions, can't user our classifieds etc. But after 48 hours membership and likes from 3 different people, they get automatic promotion to standard membership.
Standard Members is the equivalent of our current Members usergroup.
Established Members includes larger PC inbox, more PC recipients, PC attachments enabled, more links in sigs, can bookmark.
Veteran Members includes more PC allowances, more sig links, exclusive competitions.
Premium Membership is a paid option (thinking £5/month or £50/year) which gives more of the above plus PC auto responders, access to a private exclusive forum (with fewer rules) and no banner ads.
Other privileges and features will be distributed across the usergroup hierarchy as I feel is appropriate.
So my first question is what do you think of the idea?
And more importantly, how do I go about the task of working out the number of trophy points and other awards in order to create a fair and balanced progression up the ladder?
And how do I test it on the sandbox? By changing the promotion and doing some kind of cache rebuild? What do I do?