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Someone on another forum wrote:
There is a psychology to rep systems. On forums like this ..., it's hugely popular, for distinct reasons.
you give someone a point of rep it instantly opens up a field to send a
message to someone. Thank you note, quick box of chocolates, etc...the
thing is that it's fast and instantly transforms the normal rep giver into a potentially thoughtful gift giver.
messages mean something because they show accolades and thanks to
people for the quality and impact a post made on the forum has made to
As well, the messages can be collected. An admin here a few years ago posted about "the warm fuzzy feeling"
what you get when you receive a simple thank you note like that, and it
slowly builds a feeling of satisfaction into a user's experience in a
community like this where insightful feedback and experienced answers
all tie in.
People love to collect, and building quality posts by
giving people feedback and good feelings with collected thank you notes
Maybe we can compare these collected thank you notes to something like Olympic medals? ...
If it can build and make a community feel better about helping each other this becomes a powerful tool.
In the process of researching our forum purchase, I came across the above quote on another admin forum and instantly realized that this is exactly what we need.
community is a support community for people with intense long term
chronic pain. It's pretty intense, and experienced members take time out
of their busy schedules to support newer members. A system that
transforms a "like" into an opportunity to send a message to the author
of the liked post would be a big deal of our forums. It would make
posting much more gratifying for the experienced members, increase
retention of those same members, and ensure that people got better
How would one go about modifying BurningBoard to have
something where if one clicked on "like," a field popped up that
prompted you to send a PM to the person to thank them?
I ask this
because, whatever forum software we go with, I plan to get pretty deep
into the innards, writing extensions. I've already gotten pretty deep
into our MediaWiki installation, writing extensions in PHP, and expect
to do the same, only more so, in the forum.
Given the above,
before we make our final purchase decision, I'd like to get a sense of
what it's like to write extensions for the various platforms we are
considering. The only way to really get a feel for a software framework
is to dig in and start designing software in it, so in addition to
asking this question because I want to make that particular extension, I also want to seriously investigate how I'd write this thing, so I can get a feel for the platform. Hence, please
go into as much detail as you are willing about which hooks I'd want to
listen for and which tutorials or open source projects I'd want to look
Thanks in advance for reading this far and any feedback you can give.