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IDProjectCategoryView StatusLast Update
0000043Composrpointspublic2020-07-02 07:01
ReporterChris GrahamAssigned To 
Status non-assignedResolutionopen 
Product Version 
Fixed in Version 
Summary0000043: Option to abolish gift points
DescriptionBy default, disable gift points from the site, ending our current 'communist' economic system with a more capitalistic one. This is quite a controversial thing, there are advantages to each system: gift points remove the disincentive to reward others by making it free, but also it creates a lot of complexity (some people can't understand them) and limits how much successful people can give.

Also provide an option (if gift points are re-enabled) for people to give their own points instead of just gift points.
TagsRisk: Changes core website behaviour, Risk: Database change, Roadmap: v12, Type: Usability (major)
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Time estimation (hours)6
Sponsorship open


Chris Graham

2012-02-23 04:20

administrator   ~0000349

My explanation of this issue to a user...

The way Composr works is that users accrue points in various ways. And they accrue gift points automatically. Normal points determine one's rank on the site, and can be spend on things too. Gift points can be given to someone, at which point they become regular points; they are valueless until given. Consider gift points as a kind of "personal reward quota".

Now what is kind of interesting, is this system of having points and gift points is kind of socialist. If you think of it like money, gift points encourage a kind of economy where people are rewarded by hand outs. Okay it's not quite socialism because the handouts come from other members, but essentially it all originates from the site at the end of the day.

We have been considering adding an option to get rid of gift points and simplify it. People would then just give their regular points to other people. That's simpler to understand, and a bit more capitalistic. The economy becomes based on trade, and points have more of a value.

Both systems have some interesting dynamics.


2012-02-24 01:09

viewer   ~0000350

I would like to see the Points system made easier to understand to reduce the risk of scaring off new users to Composr

Patrick Schmalstig

2014-11-15 05:12

administrator   ~0002332

I would definitely support the option to go to a capitalistic points system and remove gift points. Unfortunately I do not have the resources to sponsor this feature though.

Issue History

Date Modified Username Field Change
2016-06-08 00:15 Chris Graham Tag Renamed Database change => Risk: Database change
2016-06-08 00:15 Chris Graham Tag Renamed Changes core website behaviour => Risk: Changes core website behaviour
2016-12-08 21:15 Chris Graham Tag Attached: Type: Usability (major)
2019-06-27 18:13 Chris Graham Tag Attached: Roadmap: v12
2020-06-08 05:07 rentlala File Added: logo.gif
2020-06-09 15:03 Chris Graham File Deleted: logo.gif