There have been a lot of requests to integrate Points/Credits system with DW Q&A plugin. MyCred.me is the first one brought up to our attention. After a few days playing & testing, I found it really awesome, thank you very much Gabriel for the amazing plugin.
However, I have not had a chance to test other Credits/Points plugin, as I explained in my reply to @guruji Guru Ghantaal‘s comment on the blog. I would love to know your experience with other points plugins so that we can start working on the integration.
Apologies for the delay in responding to your question. And I am sorry for the long answer.
Actually I took some time out trying and testing the various alternatives to DWQA. In fact before stumbling onto DWQA by chance I had tried a few other plugins but I wasn’t really happy with the whole user experience.
Here are some of the plugins that I tried and my verdict on them:
1. Answers by http://answers.cminds.com/
This is the first plugin I used, its very basic and the UI is more or less ugly. It does have the options for social login in pro version (for the plugin itself), and has a system of voting but I don’t see much with it unless there is a whole overhaul of the code.
2. Question and Answers http://wordpress.org/plugins/q-and-a/
Very wrongly named plugin, its essentially an faq management and display system and that is it(Full Stop)
3. Q&A by Wpmudev https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/qa-wordpress-questions-and-answers-
This is a serious plugin but is only available as a pro version which means its not free. It comes with a number of options with a desing UI quite similar to DWQA. It also has the ability to edit answers at backend! Apart from other UI options to manipulate and style the template, it provides admins with options to set capabilities for various user roles, redirect users after submiting a question, setting up a thank you page, and even an unauthorized page redirection based on the user roles (it also has a QA visitor role, for which you can define capabilities e.g view, vote, flag, ask a question without an account and so on). It also allows them to add any additional css code directly in the settings page, (same as your other wordpress themes).
It does have a credit systm inbuilt. Although it does allow you to modify files to adjust credit point and multipliers, it fails to do provide any UI options for this purpose.
The credit/points system is very basic and straight forward and although there are no reduction in points for asking questions, there are negative points for bad answers which is good.
I haven’t seen any integration ability with buddypress or other credit and rating sytsem, the rating feature is useful for startup websites with very low visitor flow.
Extras: Comes with a number of widgets: Quesetions (Recent, Popular, Unanswered), Related Questions, Question Categories, Question Tags, and Users with highest reputation(based on credits)
4. SabaiDiscuss http://sabaidiscuss.com/screenshots
Again this is not a free plugin. But by far the most comprehensive and detailed Q & A plugin on the horizen. It has a multitude of options avialable and provids easy integration (through addons) with http://wordpress.org/plugins/cubepoints/ and other addons, making it the most complete Q&A plugin so far. And off course you can edit answers as an admin too.
It is very easy to install and setup with UI options for almost every thing (comes with builtin social share buttons for single-questions). And extra widgets for most useful options. It even has UI options for Min. length of keywords in characters in Search. And a selection of buttons to choose from, even one for the widegt (Ask a question button in the widget wow)
There is also an option to configure the title tag for the q&a pages. (seo savy)
It is its creit and reputation system that makes it better than any other plugin out there in the market right now. All credit scoring parameters can be set from within the UI. Here are the points
One of your questions is voted up: 5
One of your questions is voted down: -2
One of your answers is voted up: 10
One of your answers is voted down: -2
One of your answers become accepted: 15
You accept an answer posted to your question: 2
You vote an answer down: -1
You unvote a question: -1
You cancel an upvote on an answer: -1
One of your questions or answers is deleted as being spam: -100
If you look at the options it is a very feature rich and comprehensive solution but the catch is it is not free!
My personal favourite is DWQA with is simplicity and beautify frontend UI, and the fact that it is being developed into a much bigger and better plugin. The best example to follow is that of Stack overflow and you can see the features and voting guide here http://stackoverflow.com/about and I see you are trying to implement most of them here and I really liked the idea of badges (lets see :))
It might not be practical or wise to incorporate every other feature or option into DWQA but credits/ Points & Rewards is certanily the main item and will be the key for DWQA’s success. I agree with @nicopagel that it might be useful that while there are options for mycred.me to be integrated with DWQA, if there is s small function which can be enable/disabled as n option from the settings to provide the credit system for not so heavy usage.
There are user like me who would like the external implementation work as well, as this provides extensibility and future growth.
I know a very simple but effective point credit system from the wordpress q and a plugin by wpmu.org. It looks like this and would fit all my needs:
- define( ‘QA_ANSWER_ACCEPTED’, 15 );
- define( ‘QA_ANSWER_ACCEPTING’, 2 );
- define( ‘QA_ANSWER_UP_VOTE’, 10 );
- define( ‘QA_QUESTION_UP_VOTE’, 5 );
- define( ‘QA_DOWN_VOTE’, -2 );
- define( ‘QA_DOWN_VOTE_PENALTY’, -1 );
I thinks it’s obviously: the numbers are the points and the voting system is like yours.
The best thing is that there are also negative points for bad answers. (=
CubePoint is another WordPress Pointing System Plugin: http://wordpress.org/plugins/cubepoints/. Anyone using this plugin for your WordPress site?
I use myCred, and I use and love the built-in smooth integration with BuddyPress, Woocommerce, tribeEvents and bbPress plugins. The developer is very helpful, and I’m sure he won’t mind working with you on this. On another site I use Simple:Press forums, and the Simple:Press folks have their own integration with myCred as well.
CubePoints was the most popular and best featured point system (until myCred came along). But its been abandoned for a long time, and after several WordPress upgrades, CubePoints is broken in many places — and needs a lot of hacks to get it to work at all. A while back the developer posted on the WordPress forums that school work had taken his time off the plugin, and that he needs donations to return to work on the plugin.
Now myCred is the best there is that I know of — paid or free.
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