re: How do you feel about chasing internet points, badges and the gamification of everything? VIEW POST


There are pros and cons, and it can be used for good or bad, just like any other form of marketing. I think it‘s good as support sometimes, like MyFitnessPal has this day-streak. I‘m not using it for the points, but on harder days it‘s helping to log in and track those calories.

One detail I like about certain forums and also Hackernews is the abundance of profile-images and the names are printed subtly. I almost never care or see who wrote a comment, which isn‘t the case in most comment-sections or communities.


There may be a difference between boolean and gradient rewards. Consider that fitness apps track progress over time, and can raise/lower the bar to provide you the motivation you need to continue. It also provides a measure to show that you are improving.

It's also making an untenable thing, your health, into a concrete number. This can keep it real for some people. It's using a parallel domain to assist.

Compare to badges which don't show progress, nor are they individualized. I think these considerations lend a lot to the balance of pros/cons.

If we did wish to encourage regular writing, it mike make sense to show a meter of how many articles you've written in a week/month. Or to provide a goal to enable that sends reminders.

I think each game system needs to be well evaluated for the user's needs. I think the more natural it feels, the more helpful it will be -- though I might need to track down some studies to see if this is true.

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