So Everyone Gets a Reputation Boost
We have some big changes to the site in the works, and we know we can do much better to put so many hardworking members in the spotlight.. so we are starting with some big changes to our reputation system.
For the TL;DR folks out there, here are some links to play around with:
View the reputation of all members by segment, see how you rank (try searching for your own name!)
Individual member reputation profile
Still reading? Great! Here is some backstory on our reputation system for members..
Gamedev.net has employed some form of reputation/rating system for over 10 years now. Pre-2011 we had a lot of success with a rating system that was modeled after the USCF chess rating system. The idea was that a person with higher rating should be considered more experienced than someone with a lower rating. The original system had one member directly rating the helpfulness of another member. What was different between our system and some of the others out there was that how much a member could contribute to another member was not only related to how many points the rating member had, but what the DIFFERENCE between ratings was.
Basically, if I have a rating of 2000 I was able to have a more profound impact when I rate someone who has 1000 points versus when I rate someone at 1900 points. Granted, it takes time for a person to accumulate rating points but in the end if a person is actively participating on the site they should see a higher rating for themselves.
Old Forum Top Member Listing
In migrating to a different forums we adopted the reputation system built into that native forum. Under this system members gained reputation largely by up/down voting particular posts. This was actually one of the more frequent suggestions we received on how to tweak the old system to make it better. While the system itself is fine, one of the problems we often see is a failure to recognize those who take the time to help each other..
GameDev.net will soon be getting a brand new reputation system for all members.
When we came up with the idea behind GameDev.net’s new reputation system we decided to take a good hard look at some of the more modern technical resource sites out there and see what they were doing. Now we have been using reputation for years, but a number of sites have expanded well beyond what we were doing.
Reputation is a point value that represents how much the community trusts you and how much you give back to the community. You can accumulate reputation points through answering questions and creating articles/journals. What is cool about reputation is that under this new system the more reputation you earn, the more privileges you'll unlock on GameDev.net.
Originally you could only earn reputation by convincing others that you know what you are talking about, but it is far too easy to contribute and not receive proper recognition. We want that to change. Not only are we doing much more to encourage your fellow members to give you recognition for your contributions, but we are putting you in the driver’s seat with a slew of new ways to directly advance your rank within the community.
As a member you’ll be able to earn points for basic site participation activities, for posting helpful replies in the forums, policing the community using moderator actions, and ESPECIALLY for authoring tutorials and helpful blog posts.
Points are split into 4 categories:
- Scholar - Any up/down votes you receive from posts in the technical, business, or creative forums will be added to the scholar category.
- Moderator - Points given for moderator actions (activities such as submitting moderator reports, voting on content, providing feedback, etc)
- Author - Points given to authors who write articles, get them peer reviewed, get articles favorited, etc. This is where people can pick up a lot of rep points if they get an article granted with a peer-reviewed status
- Participation - Points given for everyday site activities - logging in, up/downvoting others, even signing up!
Stay tuned for more information on the new reputation system.. it will include a new Q&A format as well as brand-spanking new way to post articles!