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Suggestion: Make the Leaderboard A Community Vote

Thought of an idea I'd like to run by the community to see what everyone thinks. The reason I bring this up is because my personal top list of users who contribute insightful, worthwhile content almost never make it to the leaderboard top three. I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels this way - in the WR MVP thread many quality users were recognized by multiple different people, yet they've never won anything.


It's no secret that there has been gaming of the leaderboard since it's inception. The WR team has done an amazing job at responding to concerns and putting limitations in place to try and stop spammers and low effort posters from benefitting. However, there will always be people looking to game the system when real money is involved and frankly, the WR team has better shit to do than fight off bots and spammers every day.


My suggestion is: take the top 5-10 posters per week and put it to a vote. A thread can be created with a mod making a comment with each of the top people's usernames, and the community can upvote the people that they feel deserve to win prizes for the week. Prizes are awarded to the three users who received the most upvotes. I agree that activity can indicate the level of effort someone is putting in inside the WR, but I think we can all agree that quality > quantity. That's why I feel that still involving the points metric makes sense, but opening it up to top 5-10 instead of top 3 makes sense to include users who might not post the most, but post some of the best content.


Thoughts?



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BigMeech
WR Officer
+11
Coors Light Advocate
Yup, all for this. I think 50% of spam posts/comments come from people trying to move up the leaderboard. There are weeks where I only see 1 post from some the people I would consider "top" content creators, but that post may be the most engaging/helpful of the week.

Would love to see a way to reward quality content rather than volume.
funcoupons
WR Officer
+11
Kahluapons
Exactly. Not trying to be an asshole here, but very often the winners for the week are posters that when I see their posts, I roll my eyes because they're fluff and spam. I don't think it's right that some people in here post really well thought out things that actually took time and effort to produce and never see the top of the leaderboard simply because someone has all day to post "yeah!" and make 10 threads or polls a day about meaningless BS.
paddy
Arsonist
+9
Account Executive
I mean if you really want me to win every week...I'm all for it
funcoupons
WR Officer
+11
Kahluapons
You know I do.
poweredbycaffeine
Politicker
+7
Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
Similiar to Driver of the Day in F1...it's a community vote based on performance in the race, not the performance of the top-3 podium finishers or fastest lap winner. Let the people speak on who they feel made a difference in their week, and let the farmers tend their crops in silence.
funcoupons
WR Officer
+11
Kahluapons
I totally agree, even if they keep the leaderboard as is the addition of "MVP of the week" or something like that would be great.
Smithy
Politicker
+4
Director of Sales
Yeah, I like this idea.ย 

There will always be those that just farm commish or get up the leaderboard by other means. Recognising the forums' favoured posters is a greatย 
funcoupons
WR Officer
+11
Kahluapons
Hey, if someone wants to farm commission that's their business and the WR mods can deal with it how they like. I just think it's cheap as shit when someone is not only earning commission for their crap, but also getting rewarded on top of it when others are much more deserving.
GDO
Politicker
+6
BDM
Maybe give everyone 1 super vote they can give to a post/comment. Users with the most supervotes win?
poweredbycaffeine
Politicker
+7
Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
Seems like an unnecessary feature that could be solved with a community pole on Fridays.
funcoupons
WR Officer
+11
Kahluapons
Agreed. Also, what if I really like a post on Monday, supervote it, but then see something I like better on Friday? Doesn't seem all that efficient.
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WCK
Politicker
+8
Padre de Tequila
I like this. I'm picky about my input, because I don't wanna shitpost, but it's almost a requirement if you want to bring commish in. I just enjoy the platform as a whole, as well as certain users input.
funcoupons
WR Officer
+11
Kahluapons
I feel you, there. Who wouldn't add a few low effort posts if it meant the difference between a free $10 and a free $25?ย 
WCK
Politicker
+8
Padre de Tequila
Exactly. โ€œFifteen bucks is fifteen bucksโ€ or so they say
Nairobi
Politicker
+7
BDR
I totally agree with your point. I just hope people won't be biased with their votes.
funcoupons
WR Officer
+11
Kahluapons
Curious how you feel people could be biased?
Nairobi
Politicker
+7
BDR
Well someone could vote for X because they like/prefer that user instead of just voting based on the content.ย 

I also feel like some people upvote for the people that have already the most votesโ€” but thatโ€™s my personal observation I could totally be wrong.
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Incognito
Arsonist
+9
Master of Disaster
My suggestion was the top posts, rather than users.ย 

It immediately solves the quality > quantity issue

The author of the post with the most upvotes that week winsย 
funcoupons
WR Officer
+11
Kahluapons
Not a terrible idea, but sometimes the most active posts with the most upvotes are the "fun" threads about totally off topic subjects. I like those kinds of posts but they don't offer value in a sales context so I'd be concerned about people posting a bunch of off topic threads they know people will participate in just for the upvotes.
GrindingSales
Opinionated
+5
Account Executive
Iโ€™m so down with this!
Justatitle
Politicker
+7
Senior AE
I like the idea but then worry about the people whoโ€™d actually take voting seriously.. I donโ€™t know the solution but this is worth a shot
Chep
WR Officer
+10
Business Development Team Lead
Love this idea and would vote you top of the leaderboard for coming up with this idea if/when @bravado implements it
funcoupons
WR Officer
+11
Kahluapons
Haha, thanks man!ย 
Prizrak
Politicker
+5
Disruptor of worlds
I really like this idea. Because its anon its both good and bad. And because you are rewarded for posting.. its both good and bad. This is one way that could solve that a bit.ย 
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