Point for highly rated content
What you currently see on the site is a system that rewards users based on actions only. It&#39;s an easily scalable automated system that requires only very little manual work.
What you are asking about is a reputation system and I agree that this is still missing. I am working on a clever badge collection that rewards users for the value of their contribution rather than for the mere action.
I am curious to see how such a thing would work. Could you elaborate on that a little? I admit that is it not easy to contribute score of a wiki page to a single contributor if there are more than one. The rating of entire forum threads is a deliberate choice (discussed before); rating by contribution would have enabled points to be awarded per user.
There are various options we are considering right now. Decided is that there will be badges for special contributions – highly rated wiki page could be one badge, DevDays2010 another. The details are still pretty much in the air, so please don’t take this literally.
Another option is points or badges rewarded by other users e.g. for helpful forum answers or useful tutorials. Something I still need to think about.
Tagging is new and thus people like me, who spend some time to tag all the pages they care about, got quite a boost point-wise. I am sure this will not be a big issue now that the initial “gold-rush” is over:-)
I guess I missed out there then ;-)
But even for myself, I find that my points increase much faster after the availability of tagging, while replying to forum posts takes much more effort. Perhaps (in time) the relative number of points per action should be re-evaluated.
All of this is under constant review. We came up with one system to start with, I have my doubts that it will still be the same by the end of the year…
I don't immediately see a way around the issues you mention. It is hard to attribute value to individuals if you only have a common result to measure. That is even the case if you process manually (such as in the case of group assignments in education), let alone doing that automatically.
I agree. A reputation system will involve manual labour to make it work properly. Otherwise it’s worthless.
And hey, I got all the quote brackets right in the first attempt! \o/