I’m proposing we use gamification to run the meritocratic governance in BuildItHub.
This will be a seamless and low friction system where people will not have to think about the ins and outs of governance (yeah @happybeing I used the word ;)) . A system like this will allow for those that have been creating value in the community to increase in their reputation and responsibilities while limiting the reputations of those that are not. Users of the site will be able to see at-a-glance, who they might potentially be working with. It will show the team the roles they have and what roles they are missing in their project’s wise crowd.
Many sites like StackOverflow, use gamification to promote what they want to see more of.
The following ideas are not actually part of this proposal, but ideas on how we might use gamification. Each of these could become their own proposals when the time comes.
The system would add badges through different triggers programmatically. These badges would come with added permissions. People can have a multitude of badges and each badge might have a level associated to it. The higher the level the higher degree of accomplishment the users have achieved. Badges represent roles in the sense that each badge is only given to the users actually doing the work of that role on a consistent basis. These badges will not be given because of arbitrary things such as community popularity.
Again the following list is not part of this proposal, only ideas of future proposals that might be built into the system.
Connector: These folks find people who might work well together and introduce the parties to one another. They help build wise crowds.
Ideator or Proposer: These are people who not only come up with ideas and solutions, but who have shown that their ideas are good time and time again.
Leader: This person has led proposals and the community believes in their leadership abilities.
Doer: Probably one of the most important badges. The doer gets things done! They do what they said they would do when they said they would do it.
Dreamer: This person’s ideas are considered far out but interesting. Maybe the ability to complete the idea doesn’t exist at the moment or the team doesn’t exist yet to make it happen.
Pioneer: The Pioneer takes something that many deemed impossible and makes it happen.
Whys One: They think deeply about proposals and constantly ask questions about the validity of things. They ask the five “whys” and inspire deeper understanding.
Tasker: The tasker turns proposals into tasks that can be completed. This badge might be associated with the Leader badge.
Evangelist: The Evangelist draws people to great projects. Is this badge different than the connector? It includes the idea of marketing as well.
I’m looking for more ideas as to how to use gamification to help facilitate the meritocratic governance of BuildItHub. If you have any ideas please post them.