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Reward and Motivate People to Answer Forum Posts 
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: Kathy Brown231 23 Mar 2010
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Reward people for posting answers to forum questions in a manner similar to (or integrated with) the developerWorks Autho Achievement Recognition Program.
Even better, users could vote on forum answers, helping readers when there are multiple answers, and authors getting a certain number of votes get recognition for their contribution to the forums.

1) Joyce Davis532 (23 Mar 2010)
Great idea! I'd be interested to hear what you and others think about how other sites have instituted these types of reward-based systems (e.g. Yahoo Answers, Get Satisfaction). What features are ESSENTIAL vs. nice-to-have?
2) Peter Presnell26654 (23 Mar 2010)
I would suggest reward may be as simple as providing some form of recognition for those that make the effort to contribute to the forums. e.g. I use it as one of the criteria for selecting people for my "Lotus Legends".
3) David Hablewitz15237 (18 Jun 2010)
You mean award a title like they did with the Dog Pound on Lotus411?
(Reminds me of a Cheers episode where Woody asked for a raise and was given a title instead)

However, voting on answers is not so valuable. A better answer may not get posted before people start voting, so an answer may appear unpopular when it was just posted after voters visited. Also, "foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds". A great quote that means the most popular is often not the best . (consider Lotus Notes vs. MS Outlook as an example)

Kathy, I'm giving you a "thumbs up" for the titles of recognition. Throw out the voting.
4) Bill Malchisky9254 (08 Jul 2010)
Rewards...How about a pair of Kathy Brown signed Brooks running shoes? :)

Like the concept...though. It's tough to actively contribute to all of the wonderful places people can do to post a question or response. So, this might help boost some sites needing a bit more traffic.


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