Design For Community: How moderation tools can backfireDesign For Community: Gaming the system: How moderation tools can backfire
I assert that any time you manufacture a reason for people to participate in a community area, you corrupt the usual altruistic motivation for participation, in turn corrupting the content itself. Instead of trading in social capital, members begin to trade in a fake currency with no real bearing on the content of the community. When that happens, you invite your members to treat the community like a game.
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