I have been following the development of the plugin for sometime because I plan to use it in of my websites soon.
First, I don’t agree with some of the comments asking for a reputation system. There are already many badges, rewards, and gamifications plugins that works well with WordPress. Therefore, instead of diverting the attention to creating such systems, I think what should be easily available are hooks that we can use with other systems. Most gamification and reputation systems can work with hooks.
Some examples of hooks I believe are important are:
- Questions post (For posting something).
- Answer post (give him points for trying).
- Voting up/down (different ones).
- Hooks for comments voted down once they pass a certain threshold. For instance, a hook to run when a post receives > 5 down votes.
- Selection of the correct answer (to give points to both the one who asked and the one who received it).
I am not a coder, but I know that if such hooks were available, it could be quite easy to build a reputation/reward system.
Most gamification plugins use a custom user field that counts points collected for the variance desired activities. I see two ways for Q&A to be integrated with other plugins:
- Use of hooks to increase the number from the gamification plugin end. For instance, I use a hook to grant a user some points/badges.
- Somehow increase the points (user meta field) directly. This is perhaps done by assigning how many points Q&A activities give and linking Q&A to the user-meta counting points to increase it.
I think the first option is better but I see no reason why not to implement both.
Ultimately, as I’ve said before, I believe this plugin has huge potential and there is certainly need for it. I would love to see it develop further 🙂
I hope this post provided some suggestions!
Thank you for the awesome suggestion above. We highly appreciate them, my friend 🙂 Of course, we will concern about your opinion. The plugin is frequently updated and more and more features added based on all the feedback from our users like you.
We are looking forward to hearing more from you.
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