|No, not this community.|
Many communities have adopted gamification as a means to attract new eyeballs and keep them on the site longer. I know that lately, I'm addicted to thwack. I'm chasing those points like I use to chase 'chieves in WoW. I scored a coffee cup (almost as nice as my old NPR mug) and a t-shirt in the process. I watched my rank in the community climb, and my level climb, too. I've had a few great discussions along the way, so it's not entirely artificial. But it does make me wonder if I'd participate as frequently without the incentive.
After a few weeks of thwack, I realized I hadn't paid attention to the VMware and Cisco communities as much as I'd like. And then I thought about Spiceworks. And then NetApp and EMC's communities. And then I realized that there truly are too many technical communities for a single person to participate in and actually share & learn, as opposed to just rack up points. At least, you can't participate in them all if you're employed and like your family. Which I am, and I do.
We've hit community fatigue, people.
|You should quit worrying, too. See how happy he is?|