In the process of researching our forum purchase, I came across the above quote on another admin forum and instantly realized that this is exactly what we need.Someone on another forum said:There is a psychology to rep systems. On forums like this ..., it's hugely popular, for distinct reasons.
Everytime you give someone a point of rep it instantly opens up a field to send a message to someone. Thank you note, quick box of chocolates, etc...the thing is that it's fast and instantly transforms the normal rep giver into a potentially thoughtful gift giver.
The messages mean something because they show accolades and thanks to people for the quality and impact a post made on the forum has made to someone. ...
As well, the messages can be collected. An admin here a few years ago posted about "the warm fuzzy feeling"
That's what you get when you receive a simple thank you note like that, and it slowly builds a feeling of satisfaction into a user's experience in a community like this where insightful feedback and experienced answers all tie in.
People love to collect, and building quality posts by giving people feedback and good feelings with collected thank you notes has impact.
Maybe we can compare these collected thank you notes to something like Olympic medals? ...
If it can build and make a community feel better about helping each other this becomes a powerful tool.
Our community is a support community for people with intense long term chronic pain. It's pretty intense, and experienced members take time out of their busy schedules to support newer members. A system that transforms a "like" into an opportunity to send a message to the author of the liked post would be a big deal of our forums. It would make posting much more gratifying for the experienced members, increase retention of those same members, and ensure that people got better support.
How would one go about modifying XenForo to have something where if one clicked on "like," a field popped up that prompted you to send a PM to the person to thank them?
Given the above, before we make our final purchase decision, I'd like to get a sense of what it's like to write extensions for the various platforms we are considering. The only way to really get a feel for a software framework is to dig in and start designing software in it, so in addition to asking this question because I want to make that particular extension, I also want to seriously investigate how I'd write this thing, so I can get a feel for the platform. Hence, please go into as much detail as you are willing about which hooks I'd want to listen for and which tutorials or open source projects I'd want to look at.
Thanks in advance for reading this far and any feedback you can give.