Forums Reputation Phase 3 – Community Ownership


On for the next part of phase 3 of the forums reputation system…


 


It’s not Microsoft’s community…


 

…it’s yours.  So, as a community, it should be possible to do all of the same things I’m able to do in my site administration tool.  Through a voting process available only to users with a certain level of reputation or higher, it should be possible to ban users, approve users for new levels of moderation rights, nominate MVPs, and even recommend new forums for creation.  If the forums and other community channels are built for the customers, why be afraid to give up control to the customers?  If five or more people recommend that a user should be banned for spamming within 12 hours—shouldn’t they be banned?  If a group of MVPs think that there’s a member of the forums that should really be an MVP—why shouldn’t they be able to nominate users themselves?

Comments (4)

  1. MiniMage says:

    "If a group of MVPs think that there’s a member of the forums that should really be an MVP—why shouldn’t they be able to nominate users themselves?"

    Because I’d just buy UMPCs for a bunch of MVPs to get a nomination, a Tablet Guy and a Vista cap  😉

    Seriously, it never occurred to me that MVPs COULDN’T nominate others for the honor.  It does seem a little odd.

  2. MSDNArchive says:

    Well…they can definitely work with their teams to make sure that nominations happen–I’m sure MVPs recommend new MVPs all the time.  What I’m really talking about is making it much, much easier for these types of nominations to occur.  If an MVP sees a great forum contributor, and they can just elevate that name, through the forums system, to Microsoft with the click of a button, it’s much easier for us to find great contributors and to make sure that people are getting recognized–not just through the MVP channel but through some of our newer recognition channels as well.

  3. Jim Glass says:

    Does it really matter who nominates an MVP candidate? All nominations should be considered by the committee.

  4. Cindy Meister says:

    <<Through a voting process available only to users with a certain level of reputation or higher, it should be possible to ban users, approve users for new levels of moderation rights>>

    Very dangerous, in my opinion. You’d be opening the door for cliques to take over, and gang wars. In the end, I think you’ll find you would take control back, or disband the forums.