Working Solution · Last modified July 15, 2009
Group contributors, numerically, by performance, and acknowledge top performers for their superior achievements. Top 10, 50 and 100 are some commonly-used groupings.
Participants in some communities welcome the challenge of striving to enter the top tier of competitors.
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Group contributors, numerically, into "buckets" of performance, and acknowledge top performers for their superior achievements. Top 10, 50 and 100 are some commonly-used groupings.
Consider providing some additional award for the Number One contributor in the community. A special, especially ornate badge; or even a blog announcement on those rare occasions when the top slot changes hands.
The exclusivity (basically "how many of these should be awarded?") of this reputation type is somewhat self-explanatory: there would be ten community members in the Top 10, and ninety more within the Top 100. Consider, however, the upper threshold that you're prepared to reward - you may want to go no higher than a Top 100 designation, for example, regardless of the actual size of your community. In comparative studies, we've heard several users state that "Top 1000" badges are silly, or seem frivolous. ("They're just givin' em away" is a typical reaction.)
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