Last post Aug 24, 2010 02:48 PM by hajan
Aug 24, 2010 10:15 AM|hajan|LINK
I know that it's almost not possible to change the margins of each level that contributors can reach, but, I just wanted to share my opinion.
More precisely, I'm speaking for the 'Community Recognition Levels Table' which currently looks like this:
As far as I know, this table has been used in the past several years so, since there are around 100 users in the All-Star level, more than 100 in Star, more than 500 in Contributor level, etc... I think it would be good idea if you increase the number of
points for each level. This should stimulate those who wants to contribute and gain more and more points in order to go higher.
More concretely, my proposal:
Maybe it won't change much, but definitely will descend down 20% contributors of each category.
Another idea I have is to remain the levels as they are right now, but to add one new level for the TOP 25 contributors or for those who have earned, for instance, more than 100,000 points.
I feel that some inovations are neccessary into this.
This is only a proposal!
Community Recognition Levels
Aug 24, 2010 11:17 AM|sansan|LINK
definitely will descend down 20% contributors of each category.
I think that's not advisable to make amendments to the existing levels and points etc.,
add one new level for the TOP 25 contributors
That's a good idea as it won't affect existing members and it only promotes certain members.
Aug 24, 2010 11:57 AM|SGWellens|LINK
The levels are completely arbitrary. Reaching different levels does not bestow any rights or features.
Changing one set of arbitrary levels for another would not have any effect on anything.
Aug 24, 2010 12:21 PM|karan@dotnet|LINK
I also agree with Steve on this one. It does not solve any purpose to increase the point system. The members/contributors keep increasing everytime and you wont be increasing the points level everytime this happens.
If members at different levels would have different fetaures/access provided to them then I feel the need to do so. But since all the members be it participant or All Star enjoy the same features or privledges, it would not make a difference in changing
the levels/ increasing points.
Aug 24, 2010 12:42 PM|Mikesdotnetting|LINK
This should stimulate those who wants to contribute and gain more and more points in order to go higher.
I think members who are motivated purely by points or levels are in a small minority. They normally slow right down when they reach All Star. Most people who contribute do so just because they want to. Getting another star for passing 100,000 points wouldn't
change how much I do here, for example.
Aug 24, 2010 02:48 PM|hajan|LINK
Three things are mentioned here:
2. Achieving certain purpose (it does not solve any purpose)
3. Motivation by points/achivements
I didn't think about concrete rights, features or whatever else that member gets when reaching higher level, but since this scale is made, it has to mean something. Yes, it might be not soo good idea to make some let's say ALL-STAR member go back to STAR
member, but, my opinion is that the scale I've proposed might be better than the current one.
#2 Same for the Purpose. I don't think it will solve concrete purpose. It might help making members more active. In addition, here is the (#3)...
#3 Motivation by points/levels. Look, you already know same as I do that sharing knowledge is one of the most generous and noble things that could be done in this world, thats why I am here and thats why many others are also here. However, if the system
does not motivates its users/members/contributors, I think such system won't last long! There are thousands of communities out there and everything the admins do in these communities is motiviating the members of the community to participate the most they
can and give their best. Thats why levels are made. I have seen many times where community members announce their community achivements i.e. becoming All-Star , Star or Contributor member in ASP.NET Forums, Achieving medals in other forums, etc etc. Maybe
these things are not the key for being active, but definitely give additional stimulation to the passion for sharing knowledge and helping others. For example, becoming All-Star member in ASP.NET Forums should be a privilege! Yes, you won't get any money,
feature, right or whatever, instead helping others you get something more important and more valuable than money, feature or right - I call it gladness and pleasure.
Anyway, I just wanted to share what I thought :) - I confirm that I don't have strong reason for this proposal, but thats what we do here - sharing our thoughts ;).
Thanks to everyone for the comments.
P.S. I forgot to include that the ASP.NET Community has thousands of daily active members mostly because of the good organization of the community, the active contributors and the community recognition program.