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I have plenty of web space and could make a few templates and offer a page or even two pages dedicated to that person. Something along the lines of www.mysite.com/members/yourname I'd be willing to perhaps update each page at six month intervals and allow two photos. The subject matter would be up to them. Naturally each page would have a "home" button so any visitor to their page will have the option of browsing my site. These are just thoughts at the moment, would appreciate any comments.
Perhaps rewarding for members that you recognize contributing positively to the forum, rather than just reaching a set number of posts.
Or get a karma system going, so members can rate other members' posts. Then, when they reach a karma level, they can have access to their own page.
That's along the lines I was thinking too. perhaps such things could be decided by the Administrator and Moderators. As I said, just thoughts at the moment. Thanks for your comments.
WE have a 'most valuable poster' award, with badge, that we assign to people are are super-helpful to others. They also get a private forum, which they use to let the mods know about stuff on the forum. Works nicely, on our forum at least.
It seems to be increasingly popular to not display postcount on busier boards these days. I don't care for that approach--imperfect as it is, postcount is a useful metric if you wander into a new community and start conversations.
In previous days of adminning a busy vB board, the policy we set was a certain postcount would get you the privilege of settting your own title. It was a few hundred posts as I recall, and almost everyone who got close to the mark suddenly developed an uncontrollable urge to post. Lowering it to 75 posts or so produced a remarkable improvement in the signal to noise ratio.
Hi Camweh, I recommend that you provide some sort of a profile page for ALL users, regardless of number of posts. Profile / User pages go a long way towards creating a community feel, and letting your users invest themselves in your forum by sharing personal information about themselves.
Some ideas for incenting users:
- Ratings on a post by post basis (helpful not helpful) (gets at quality over quantity)
- Featured comments
- Featured posters / profiles
- Recognition of your super users through your newsletter or forum blog
- Tracking "most trusted users" - allow users to indicate which users they trust. This data could eventually be helpful for social networking type features.
- Tracking and posting Hall of Fame type posts (e.g. Best of Craigslist)
- Tracking and recognizing any other behavior that makes your forum better (profile creation, posts, feedback messages, other forms of content submission, etc.)
Give them content, make your site the #1 or #2 site they go to when they think of your topic...period. ; )