As some of you have already noticed, we recently rolled out a new kind of email notification on Mothering: when someone gives a thumbs-up to something you posted, you will get an email telling you about it. Because we want you to know when your posts are being offered a visible mark of appreciation for sharing your advice, knowledge and experience.
The Power is in Your Thumbs!
We're eager to send out as many of these email notifications as possible - but in order to do that we first need your Thumbs-Ups! The majority of forum users are readers and content consumers, and Mothering is not exception to that. We know a lot of you busy mamas don't have time to post and are often here looking for a quick and good answer to a problem you have. If you've found that good answer - or simply read a great post by a fellow user - take that extra couple of seconds to give it a thumbs-up. The more thumbs-ups you give, the more we can show your appreciation and gratitude to those who put in the time to post and indirectly helped you out.
When to Give a Thumbs-up?
- an informative post
- a useful answer
- a great recipe
- someone helping another user
- someone doing something good (as the user in the screenshot above)
- a witty or humorous comment
- a great resource based on a lot of research
- to show appreciation / comraderie
- to say "I like this!"
- to say "thank you!"
- and generally when you read something you think is helpful.
Every time someone gives you a thumbs-up, a point is added to your "Reputation" (we're choosing a new name for it so please vote here). On your profile and postbit, people can see how much "reputation" you've received from the community. Reputation can be grouped in "levels" based on how many points have been accumulated: 500, 1,000, etc.
Here in Judy Arnall's postbit is a mockup of where you will be able to see the reputation level displayed.
We can also enable a section in your profile page where you can view your thumbs-up report to show how many total thumbs-ups you have, for what posts you received them, from whom, and any comments that were left.
We'd love to hear what you think! We want to discuss it a bit first so we can answer any questions you have and work out how we might want to tweak things so they will work best for us. Feel free to share your thoughts and ask any questions. We'll take everything into consideration, as we decide how to implement "Reputation" display.