Teen Summer Challenge
Hi, sounds cool… Is the site public? Can you share a link?
Can’t believe I forgot the link!
I’m back a second time to say how awesome that site looks like. So exciting! I would love love to get any feedback from you or your team regarding how well Achievements did or didn’t work for you — either here or email@example.com.
As you seem to know, I’m working on a big new version of Achievements at the moment, and seeing what you’ve done with it and BuddyPress are hugely inspiring and motivating to me. Thank you.
Thanks for the praise!
As you may or may not have guessed, I work at a public library in Washington State as a Librarian, and among my duties are finding creative and compelling ways to engage our customers online. I’ve long been a WordPress fan, and discovered Buddypress and Achievements this last fall. We decided to pilot both with our Teen Summer Challenge, an annual library program directed towards teens, but we’re very interested in how we could integrate both into the next version of our main website, for all audiences.
I love open source, absolutely love WordPress, and am just so impressed with the work you guys have done with Buddypress and Achievements specifically. My profession is all about community building, and Buddypress gives me a platform to make that happen online, while Achievements give me a very practical system by which to motivate or incentivize behavior in the community.
So far everything with the Teen Summer Challenge is going fantastic, but amongst the many feature requests and suggestions I could make, I do have a top 3:
1. Claim Code badge redemption. Enter a pre-defined code and earn the corresponding badge. So many possibilities with a functionality like this.
2. Badges awarded by specific page visit.
3. Community upvotes on activity updates for points/badges (very likely a buddypress core feature).
Thanks again for all of your hard work, looking forward to the next big version, and I’m totally open to any questions you might have.
That is amazing! Are you having any troubles with spam?
pmcvicker – very, very impressive! Is the “claim your badge” code a plugin or something you created? That is brillant for what you are trying to do…
@neononcon : No trouble with spam so far, and I mean zero.
@carotidscom : The badge claims are handled through Contact Form 7. Basically just sends a claim to a designated staff person via email to verify activities and then award. Manageable at a couple of hundred users, but we just hit 300 teen participants and we’re growing, so a more self-regulated claiming system would be ideal, as its a significant investment of staff time. Thus the above request for pre-generated claim codes or page visits, which would allow us to change the game a bit to accommodate more automation.
@pmcvicker thanks for the reply. Can you please say whether or not you took special steps to avoid spam? This is very inspiring by the way.
I had a look at integrating CF7 in Achievements 3. There’s not enough documentation in the code to understand how it works, and I haven’t got spare time to go through it and figure it out.
@neononcon I’ve taken no extra steps so far in terms of spam, as its yet to present itself as a problem, but obviously size and exposure can put the site on the radar. From my experience though, extra registration options via xprofile seem to discourage spammers.
@pmcvicker can you pls explainthis:
“From my experience though, extra registration options via xprofile seem to discourage spammers.”
@synaptic It seems that spammers are more likely to hit BP installs with only the default required fields, versus BP installs with multiple, custom xprofile required fields, at least in my experience.
Hi pmcvicker. I couldn’t find out an email address for you, so I hope you see this. I’m re-launching my achievementsapp.com website for the achievements plugin, and I would like to get some words or thoughts from you about your experience why you are using the plugin, how you are using the plugin, and how well it’s been working out for you so far — kind of a case study, but much more informal, so I can write up a blog post. I’m firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested. Thanks.
that is a really neat site love what you’ve done graphically as well.
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