Karma system should not take in non -work / -effort related scores
I am new to TODOIST, and loving the experience so far! Great work spreading it over so many devices. Using it on my iPad Mini and an Android Nexus 4.
Today I took a closer look at it all, especially the Karma system, and found a few bad apples in the pile which somewhat tainted the experience. Let me clarify:
Overall, I think a Karma system is fantastic and a great incentive to stay more on the ball. Getting a visual reward for hard work completed is very gratifying indeed and makes me stick around. However, yesterday I noticed a huge jump in scores [995 to 1495 within a few hours], which intrigued me to investigate. It turns out, I had received 500 extra points for upgrading to premium (albeit only on a trial month). Also, I had received points for using advanced features as well as the vote box and support section. On finding out about both, I must say my Karma score's appeal had suddenly dropped to 0. Those points I had worked hard to achieve were diluted by points scored for a few meagre mouse clicks, done within a few minutes. And that significantly (!) ruined the experience.
- Keep Karma points simply for work related tasks. You work, you get a cookie. Thus: Only adding, sorting, complementing and completing tasks should give points.
- It's OK to receive points from using the votebox to up-vote features and improve the product through co-participation - great. But nothing more. Using support should NOT be rewarded. Anyone can post.
- Using advanced features should only give minimal points. After all, it's all about adding and completing tasks. The rest is just a little bit more sugar in your tea.
- Remove getting points for Upgrading. The premium-sticker is enough. People upgrade to get a better overall product experience, not to show off their badge. We are not World of Warcraft.
I would love to see the Karma system grow into a more powerful performance benchmark tool, but this can only be done if the reward system is done right, and feels like a motivation to the users.
Maybe at a later stage, include weekly challenges to make us even more productive?