Yes, timing is everything. Not sure what a dealbreaker persistent data would be, but I get your point that there needs to be something to see. No point in doing it til the necessary basics are in place or it will alientate more people than it attracts.
For sure. In fact most would be like that, but I’m not thinking about a huge amount of MAID, just a token amount to attract attention and get people to the first stage.
Everyone loves free money. Where I work we run lots of market research surveys, and it’s amazing what a difference offering a £2 voucher per survey makes over a prize draw. Those who are really not interested would be put off by the TL1 requirements, while at the other end of the scale those who are interested and skilled will be easy to spot and could be encouraged to hang around and at the very least become active forum members.
And you don’t want this to be a party for just the current forum-members.
No I’m thinking it would just be for new forum members.
It would be a cost-benefit equation really as it would be a hassle to administer, but then again it could attract a good deal of attention/publicity and hopefully pull in some skilled developers who would see enough to want to take it further.
Anyway, one for the ideas pot.