This has come up in several topics already, mostly with the idea that we should reward and distinguish members with a badge for certain actions or accumulated credit. So I think it could be worthy of a dedicated topic.
On the forum we already have many badges (you can see all of them on the Badges page). These come by default with the forum software, Discourse. Overall I got two main impressions from the experience with rewarding features on the forum so far:
If we’d design badges for the platform, it’s important to have a clear guiding idea what for and how they are rewarded. Is it for community feedback users receive? For certain actions? If we decide to reward certain actions, what do we do when users act contrary to what we’d reward?
I’d see the best application of gamification for on-boarding new users. Badges or other rewards can introduce a playful aspect to communicate: yes, that’s a great way how to act here! Instead of referring new users to faqs or “getting started” guides only. But I think it becomes somewhat patronizing if we’d continuously reward certain actions.
How do you feel about rewards and nudges on the platform we are building? Do you think there’s certain badges that would be great to have? Do you know of or are a fan of other gamification features? Thanks for sharing your ideas!