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Re: [Osdc-list] Points system

I don't know about a points system, but I think starting to reward
people who comment often or write articles to show that we recognize
their efforts is a good idea.

This doesn't have to be complicated... For example, if we notice
someone who is writing thoughtful comments on our articles, we might
tag their image with a little banner underneath their picture:

John Smith
Top Contributor

We might give anyone who has written an article for the site a permanent badge

John Smith

Those are just examples of course.

I think the MIX site does a nice job of this:


They have multiple categories of relationships with their contributors.

Some are called "Top Mixers" when they contribute lots of great ideas.

Some are named "MIX Guides" (I am one) and that is a more formal role
of highlighting one "moonshot" and also includes the ability to author
blog posts, etc.

Some are "MIX Mavericks," these are the muckety-mucks, thought leaders
like Gary Hamel, Henry Chesbrough, Tim O'Reilly, etc.

Some are MIX Mentors," these are the practitioners right below the
maverick level, people who actually aren't just thought leaders, but

here's a page that shows the way these labels are applied graphically
on the site. Look directly under the people's pictures for the labels:




On Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 4:44 PM, Jason Hibbets <jhibbets redhat com> wrote:
> Hey everyone,
> Thanks for weighing in so far. I left the topic rather broad at first to see
> where folks were at on the spectrum.
> The concept of having a points system on opensource.com was to provide the
> ability / framework to highlight our users and contributors.
> My opinion is that I think having a ranked system may not work well. I've
> heard from multiple people some re-occurring themes:
> - keep is simple (with references to how hackernews and reddit do it)
> - be transparent about how it works
> I think the main things we are interested in is to find a way to incentivize
> people to rate, comment, vote in polls, and vote up/down. Do you think a
> points system would accomplish that?
> Thanks,
> Jason
> Jason Hibbets wrote:
>> Hi opensource.com users.
>> We just posted a discussion on our Facebook page about adding a points
>> system to opensource.com -
>> http://www.facebook.com/opensourceway?v=app_2373072738#!/topic.php?uid=162962298056&topic=18458
>> Feel free to help start the conversation there, or, if you'd like, we can
>> collect feedback via the mailing list as well.
>> *Points system*
>> We're looking at installing a Drupal point system module on the site. What
>> do you think?
>> What other sites do you use that have points systems that you like? Why do
>> you like them?
>> Thanks,
>> Jason
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