As sponsors of the site, we are Rooster Teeth's investors. Over the past couple of years, I've noticed a shortage of forum activity, which I believe is linked to a lack of incentives for users to be on the website. Incentives like mod points, karma, staff awards, milestones, featured user. These incentives still exist, but they've either been altered for the worse, or were never upgraded, so they became stale.
Karma doesn't really reflect anything anymore. Supposedly it reflects "site activity," but what does that mean to users who were on the site before the switch? And why are all the top people stuck to +99? I sort of liked that anyone could get up there if they worked hard, and at least when someone was put up there permanently, it was Scott.
Mod Points were changed to become a more "digg-like system," which is great, I post on Digg and I like it. However, their site isn't built like a forum. If you make the best post in a thread it could be on page 125 and it won't get the first reply. After trying both systems, mod points pretty much lost their edge and it's limitations made them lose all the fun.
Milestones seemed like a good idea but I think they could used some creativity. The only time they're updated is because something is a bug. It's also weird to me that I must REFRESH the list. I just think it'd be cool to have some off the wall milestone no one else has.
Staff awards got me really excited. There were no rules about it, you just had to be active and get noticed. One time I suggested they add more to update to the staff list and they said they would never add anymore. I think they missed a big opportunity to improve this feature.
Featured User used to be an honor, people would start avatar trends so others would become featured. I always thought it would be nice to put a blurb on why someone became featured, maybe because they do a webcomic or have a popular group or something. A Recommend a Friend to be featured would also be nice.
Whether you agree with my opinion or not, the numbers on the site have declined.
Since October 2004 there have been 46 million total posts, with 42 thousand posts in the past week and 4 every minute.
When I started keeping track of the posts/minute it was at 15. This is also probably because groups took a lot of forum activity away. RT also used to be 25 last I saw this, now we're down to 41.
I've listed a few of my ideas, but how do you, sponsors, think we should bring incentives back?