Can you give us a teaser on what to expect in the up coming engagement system improvements.?
Eric, Thanks for the response. Really this is one feature that NCs have been talking about in every forum and there is a huge demand for it. Also this is a default feature in pretty much every forum out there and is typically the center of the growth of the forums. I do understand there were some scalability issues with the scripts4ning script, however is there a way to provide atleast a scaled down version a simple point system against each user on the leaderboard.
If not points can we atleast indicate how the leaderboard is calculated. For example the top member has 10 discussions, 2 blog posts, 2 comments, against his profile on the leaderboard. Even showing the data behind the leaderboard would be good starting point for a ranking system. Where are such features in your product roadmap ? Do let us know.
Would like to call out all NCs to support this thread. I hate to keep bringing this up, but i really really feel strongly about this feature. I think this is the single most important feature for a community to make its members feel valued, as a result getting people to keep coming back, building a core group of high contributors, and generate a lot of activity.
Ning is a great community and i love it, i can see a huge amount of effort from the development team in building new features, but if only they could put some thought into this one. What i fail to understand is that why cannot you simply add a points into the current leaderboard itself, all you need to do is to assign some rules to the current algo that you already have for determining the user leaderboard. why is that not being considered ?
Hey, Kaushik. Totally hear you that this would be a good feature. I suppose adding points to the Leaderboard could be a possibility, although it would require additional development. I know it seems simple, but a feature like this would require a lot of additional data collection from across your network and it would also mean an additional interface, admin tools, etc.
It's worth noting that others have similar "single most important" features in mind. I found a few with a quick search on Creators:
I think what this points out is that our customers are very vocal! We've done a ton just in the last year, and we like hearing about what you want to see next.
Not saying this idea is not worth doing, just that we have to have priorities, and this one isn't currently at the top of the list. Everyone has their must-have. The challenge is getting those must-haves turned into realities.
All that said: It's a really great suggestion, and I'll pass it along to our team!
I totally understand what you mean. And it really means a lot for the Ning team to respond each of our posts and our must have features and keep the conversation going :-)
I had a suggesstion, why not have a simple poll for competing features and pick the top voted ones for rollout. I understand a product roadmap cannot be driven purely by community feedback but how about having a mix for a few community voted features for each release maybe ? I do know that many products have started this using getstatisfaction or some polls etc.
I'm definitely familiar with Get Satisfaction. Big fan. UserVoice is the one that allows you to vote on features, but to be honest we have not embraced pure voting online.
We do, however, have someone here who does some pretty serious polls, and we have a Creators Council made up of NCs. I also pass along suggestions from Creators to the product people in my own weekly report, and the majority of our organization follows along with what people suggest here.
It's hard to balance everyone's needs, and at the end of the day we have engineers and our CEO and other voices that weigh in. Lots and lots of inputs. I know it's probably more satisfying as a customer to see raw voting in real time, but as an organization grows larger (you'll notice that most companies that use UserVoice for this are actually tiny start-ups), plotting its future becomes pretty important — and not as easy as opening and closing a poll.
Besides, what if everyone voted and we had to drop everything and make a giant set of smiley emoticons!!! We'd never get to recurring events, then.