I started a topic elsewhere asking questions about flairs, and it got me thinking about what a powerful community motivator for participation in the forum it might be to have flairs on members’ avatars that show their trust level. If the flairs are visible to all members it is useful for:
- Seeing level 0s and being reminded to welcome them to the group and to be a little forgiving when they mess up and you can weigh their advice with their level in mind.
- Seeing higher levels and knowing you can go to them for advice.
- Feeling extra motivated and inspired to contribute and go up the levels and having a sense of accomplishment when you do.
In our forum, when members reach level 3, not only will they get to join the lounge (as set up by discourse), they will start to contribute to blogs and they will get to live chat to brainstorm in our think tank. So having a level 3 flair on your avatar would have extra special meaning.
Here is the original topic where we discussed this:
For those who don’t know what a flair is (which I didn’t before yesterday) this is what it is:
Here is what I understand. Please do correct me if you know more. Right now, you can add a flair to a custom group that you create. An avatar can have only one flair at a time, and which flair is displayed is determined by which group is your “primary group.” If the primary group isn’t determined in settings, it is the last group you joined. I thought I saw somewhere that only members of the same custom group can see the flair, but I could be wrong on that.
I am thinking the trust level flair would be displayed on the avatar’s bottom-left at all times since the bottom-right is allocated to the group flair. I like the idea of being able to add our own icons as opposed to a generic 0, 1, 2, 3, or 4. I might use a graduating cap or a lounge icon for trust level 3, for example.
For some forums, it might be detrimental to the community to show trust level flairs, although I can’t think of an example off the top of my head, so perhaps this would be an option rather than a permanent fixture.
What do you all think of this idea?