The “Nice Post” threshold is too high for most sites, including Meta Discourse.
Actually, let’s look at the dates of the Nice Post awards:
- Last Tuesday
- Two weeks ago
- Two weeks & two days ago
- Four weeks and a day ago
- Four weeks and three days
- Six and a half weeks
That is a frequency more suitable for a “Silver” badge, not Bronze! Bronze badges should be easy, or at least attainable with a bit of effort.
I think that the current situation is untenable - it’s denying many people and communities the ‘gamification’ incentives the system is clearly intended, but failing, to provide.
I think that the default like thresholds for the badges should be reduced. Here’s my proposal, with numbers from this site as of last November:
- Welcome badge (1 like) stays where it is. Count: 17,000
- Nice Post (10 likes -> 5 likes) More reasonable & possible with small to medium sites. Count: 1300
- Good Post (25 likes -> 10 likes) This replaces the previous Nice Post levels. Count: 165
- Great Post (50 likes -> 25 likes) Replaces previous Good Post. Count: 12
- Legendary Post (N/A -> 50 likes) Replaces previous Great Post. Count: 1
(NB: The numbers for 25 and 50 likes have not changed in the interim.)
This proposal adds the previously missing level in the tiers between Welcome and 10 likes.
Even these aren’t great ratios, though: compare to Stack Overflow, with approximately a division by 5 in each tier, rather than 10. But I think it’ll do.