Looking for feedback on ratings and points
You have probably noticed that there is an "up and down" widget on forum posts, stories and comments that adds or substracts points assigned to a certain post. This is just a testing feature at this point and is no guarantee it would stay.
The general ideas is to simply implement some kind of a rating capability to our content that would allow users to rate certain posts, topics and even articles per their usefulness and helpfulness and according to that push it either towards a special section or even to the homepage for others to see.
I would simply like to hear your opinions on that idea and the current implementation in form of those "reddit/digg"-like style up & down buttons.
There is an another possibility, maybe less "trendy" so to speak, but still possibly well efficient for this purpose. Instead of having up & and ratings like this, we can have a simple "from 1 to 10" type of ratings where you basically just give a post certain score. This can then be calculated and the posts with best scores can again be propagated to a special section or homepage.
Another feature that I am thinking about is user points. On this site, post count doesn't really make much of a difference, which might not be a problem. However, maybe it would be good if we could have, as an incentive, an alternative points system of some kind. With such a system you would get a few points for starting a new forum topic, even more for submitting an article and at least one point for just writing a post/comment etc. The purpose is to reward users that contribute most, and not to boost any egos or place ones above others. It would be about simple incentive and reward system. Actions would be taken against abuse, of course.
So, again, I am asking for your opinion on the following:
1) Rating of posts (yes or no)
- with "up and down" points system (posts with most points get propagated) or
- with "from 1 to 10" score rating system (best scored get propagated)
The purpose: promote most valuable and helpful postings.
2) User points system (yes or no)
- fixed points per action (i.e. 1 point per comment, 5 for a forum topic, 20 for submitting an article)
- reputation system (users give points to other users to express their appreciation for help)
The purpose: incenting contributions and rewarding best contributors.
Your opinion is appreciated!
EDIT: Added the option of reputation system above.