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The concept has some merits, but I also have some concerns that members might be lost to other communities.
The idea is that there is a "Zoints" member profile at a zoints central site. Forum/community members can have their local profiles linked to the Zoints profile, and with that, the forum/community is linked into Zoints. Theoretically it allows more visibility to the forum.
I would like to hear some comments as to how this might help or hinder a startup, mid-life, or mature community. :)
I followed it's "top secret" development on vbulletin's .org site and they misled the entire community there into believing they were creating a LOCALLY HOSTED myspace addon for vbulletin when in fact that was not the case.
I think it could have been a good model, but the way they went about it was VERY wrong.
It might be successful, however what it would be successful in doing is providing the zoints people with a huge userbase and making the zoints people rich.
If you want to use it, you have to register. This means that every forum that uses ZOINTS as their main "profile editor", will give up that user to zoints, or at least share them.
It makes it a hassle to get to the user's regular profile, in essense featuring the zoints profile.
It was a very ingenous concept by them. They'll undoubtedly make tons of money from it.
I don't however, believe it will benefit your average forum owner in any way.
As far as losing members, you shouldn't lose any more members than you would normally to other sites or forums. And with Zoints, your users are much more likely to find their way "home" to your site.
Plus, you have the option of branding, by default, their profiles with your logo and such. On mine, (I own a 'big board'), all of them have my site's full header with links back to my key pages (backlinks, anyone?)