I am using Ning to run the online component of a private business networking group, and I have a feature request.
To ensure a high quality of discussion in our group I have added a custom profile question "Name of member that invited you". The reasons I want this to appear are:
- Members are more likely to behave when their behaviour will not only reflect upon themselves, but also upon the member that invited them (ie. by people clicking on the name of a trouble maker to see "which idiot invited this person?").
- It will make members think carefully about who they invite... so they don't end up being the idiot that invited that person!! We are after quality rather than quantity.
- Finally, the inviting member, knowing their name appears on the profile of that member that is not following the rules, may take it upon themselves to set member straight before an administrator is required to step in. In other words, everyone could become a sort of unofficial moderator for the members they invite, taking pressure of NC's to always play policeman.
Given there is an invite system in place, I am guessing that it wouldn't be too hard for the Ning database to record the name of the member that invited each new member, and show that in the new member's profile
. So if John invites Mary, Mary's profile would include the line "invited by John".
Does anyone else think this idea has merit?
Also, while I am here, it would be nice if there was a leader board for successful invitations.