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Best rewards system?
wowy




msg:1560545
 5:29 am on Jul 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

Has anyone used a rewards system that worked really well? If so what was it?

 

rogerd




msg:1560546
 1:06 pm on Jul 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

What kind of behavior do you want to reward, wowy?

wowy




msg:1560547
 4:11 pm on Jul 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

I want to reward quality post and new member sign up (somehow).

pleeker




msg:1560548
 4:36 pm on Jul 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

Wow ... rewarding quality posts seems like it could be a full time job in even a remotely busy forum. It also sounds like a lot of potentially tedious work, reading every post not just for the content but also with an eye toward grading it like a homework assignment.

As for new member signups, the easiest reward is the fabulous forum content they'll be able to access. You could also give members access to private discussion areas that non-members can't reach ... a la WebmasterWorld Supporters Forum.

Beyond that, what about small prizes for the 50th, 100th, 500th new member to join?

wowy




msg:1560549
 4:49 pm on Jul 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

I'm willing to put the time in as I have it. The forum is accompanied by a contented website and a quality one at that. I will look into the private forum. Good idea. I use phpbb and I've heard that there are hacks that act as a rewards system. You can give away anything but banner advertising is most common I've heard.

rogerd




msg:1560550
 4:59 pm on Jul 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

Banner ads may not appeal to all. How about membership levels? E.g., when someone hits a threshold of number of posts, or number of quality posts, they jump to another membership level. Benefits could include an expanded profile, more storage space, bigger avatar (ugh), a private forum, not to mention the esteem of one's peers.

If you provide benefits, though, be prepared for people to "game" the system. They may churn out lots of short posts, or get their buddies to rate their threads well... You can more or less count on a few people taking shortcuts whatever measures you use.

wowy




msg:1560551
 6:56 pm on Jul 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

***Banner ads may not appeal to all. How about membership levels?***

There is already levels. Like Junior Member, Preferred member and so on.

***when someone hits a threshold of number of posts, or number of quality posts, they jump to another membership level.***

Yes this already happens

***Benefits could include an expanded profile, more storage space, bigger avatar (ugh), a private forum, not to mention the esteem of one's peers. ***

That is just plain useless. I post on many boards and personally I could care less about a expaned progile, more storage space, bigger avatar.

***If you provide benefits, though, be prepared for people to "game" the system. They may churn out lots of short posts, or get their buddies to rate their threads well... ***

Not is I'm counting post. I'm sure I could set up a something (as phpbb is written in PHP which is easy to edit and add features)

***You can more or less count on a few people taking shortcuts whatever measures you use. ***

Hence the monitoring....also moderators monitoring.

pleeker




msg:1560552
 7:10 pm on Jul 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

That is just plain useless. I post on many boards and personally I could care less about a expaned progile, more storage space, bigger avatar.

Then perhaps you could develop a useful rewards system based on what you personally do care about.

Just an idea?

rogerd




msg:1560553
 8:19 pm on Jul 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

Rewards are very community-specific (unless you pay cash, which most people like ;)). Gamers will look for different rewards than B2B marketers. Depending on what you offer, it would be ideal to give members a choice of rewards; that way you wouldn't have to try to guess which will be the most attractive.

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