This is a follow-up to “Identify and highlight post with the most likes in a given topic” (which seems a bit dead in the water and I didn’t want to resurrect this far past).
I’d love to replicate Blizzard’s approach to highly rated posts (in Blizzard’s case, they implement the upvote/downvote system – not a huge fan of that, but I am a fan of how they “reward” the users that are posting well-received content). In their case, a highly rated post has a “plaque” applied to it that visually distinguishes it from other posts in the thread as one the user should take note of.
Since we already have a “Likes” system in place (and it already shows how many s were given and by whom) , I’m curious if we can build off that pre-existing data for this “plaque” of honor on a per-post basis. I don’t personally have enough familiarity with programming to create my own plugin, but hopefully the information I’ve provided here is enough of a “spec” for someone with the time, expertise, and passion to make this a reality!
Why Do I Want It?
I personally would love this system (beyond the psychology behind it for the end-user) to assist in AMAs or as a simplified crowd-sourced “voting” method. I do realize that there is already a voting plugin, but that’s a topic-based voting plugin rather than a post-based one, which doesn’t help me very much for our intended purposes. Blizzard (again) has used this feature on their forums to assist in bubbling up the questions that their community wanted the answers to most, as seen here: Blizzard Forums