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23-Dec-2011, 03:41 PM #1
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Or generally, get the member base involved in making the improvements and not just suggesting them.

The more exciting way of describing it is hold competitions to encourage people to help in new ways. Examples might include:
  • A library of Knowledge editting Competition.
  • A competition to rebuild or update the linking images.
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23-Dec-2011, 05:16 PM #2
I like that idea. How exactly would it be done?

On a particular date, a person who has contributed to the Library between the dates of X and Y will be picked at random to win an Amazon gift card?
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23-Dec-2011, 05:40 PM #3
maybe with detailed tutorials members are willing to share.
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24-Dec-2011, 04:30 AM #4
Regarding the Wiki scheme
The precise details of the scheme are at your discression. It would be better if the winner reflected in some way the amount of effort that people put into it rather than picking out of a hat where the member who adds one link has the same chance as one who creates 8 articles. Nonetheless I can't think of a easy way to measure that, and don't want to risk underplaying the importance of people who check links, formatting, categories, and so on.

Prizes are also up to you. You could give a small prize (such as praise on the forums or a title), a gift card, or you could get them something physical. Or you could give something physical to an overall winner and a title to the top 5.

A picture competition would be much easier. The picture set that you choose wins .
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24-Dec-2011, 07:43 AM #5
Once again, a user may get demotivated, if he/she loses...
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24-Dec-2011, 09:36 AM #6
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Once again, a user may get demotivated, if he/she loses...
Perhaps, if they're only doing it for the prize. Ideally it should have more of a community atmosphere to it, such that people enjoy taking part for its own sake and are happy for the winner. So long as enough people take part, it would have winners but not losers.

The challenge would be keeping the interest once the competition breaks off, but it can hardly fall to below current levels.
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24-Dec-2011, 12:09 PM #7
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Perhaps, if they're only doing it for the prize. Ideally it should have more of a community atmosphere to it, such that people enjoy taking part for its own sake and are happy for the winner. So long as enough people take part, it would have winners but not losers.
Then what's the point of having a competition?
If anyone does it just for the sake of helping, they would do it without the offer of any prize even now.
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24-Dec-2011, 12:40 PM #8
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it would have winners but not losers.
In a competition there are winners and losers.

I fear that you're starry eyed view may be a bit optimistic .
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24-Dec-2011, 12:52 PM #9
That is only necessarily true in what Game Theorists call a Zero* Sum Game. Perhaps I may be optimistic, but then the glass may actually be half full.

Failure to win does not equate to losing. If people feel that they've had a fair return for their efforts, regardless of whether that is in the form of a formal victory or prize, they haven't lost.

*(or negative).
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24-Dec-2011, 01:15 PM #10
I think you are talking about a hypothetical situation.... So I'm not very sure if it could be practically implemented.
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24-Dec-2011, 01:26 PM #11
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I think you are talking about a hypothetical situation.... So I'm not very sure if it could be practically implemented.
Agreed.

In the real world and cyber world...
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In a competition there are winners and losers
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