I received an email about level 1 - what does that mean? Where the badge and point system come from?
No one knows. See: https://community.familysearch.org/en/discussion/comment/511174
Levels and badges are known as 'Gamification'. A concept that people are likely to participate more when they get awards and challenges similar to video games. The idea is that by adding these game-like elements, you'll be more motivated and have more fun doing tasks that you might otherwise avoid. These levels and badges are standard in the underlying platform that we use for Community. We would love to have your thoughts on these! Would they make more sense if we changed the titles of them? Like...instead of Level 1 it was called 'I'm New here' or 'Beginning Researcher' and Level 2 would actually be called 'I've asked a few questions' or 'Ancestor Hunter'
No one has heard anything about them except that one email that was sent in error, @AnneLoForteWillson
Right. They exist in the system and they are running. Any modifications to them are a very low priority, but if you wanted to add your thoughts on their use, helpfulness and possible changes, we would collect that information and hold it until we get to the point of making changes to them.
Maybe I'm talking about the wrong thing.
You can get emailed when you reach a new level or achieve a new badge. It depends on what your notification settings are. You can turn off all of those notifications if you want to. Click the notification bell and then click the filter icon in the upper right-hand corner of the drop-down. That will take you to your notifications and you can change what notices you want to receive emails about.
Levels are simply an accruing of points that are awarded by participating here on FamilySearch Community. I don't have any idea how many points you get from each action. We do not have a listing of those anywhere that I know of.
Badges are things like: your first post, you've been here for 1 year, or 500 discussions started...
Again, these all came with the underlying system that we use for FamilySearch Community.
But given that we know NOTHING, it would be difficult for anyone to share any thoughts on the unknown.
Well, that's the thing. They exist here on the site. I've just described what their purpose is. Clearly that purpose isn't being met. So if you have any ideas on how to modify them to meet that purpose, we'd love to hear them. If you don't have any ideas or don't want to even notice them, turn off the notifications and ignore them. Either way is fine with us!
oh, and I just looked at the notifications again. They've changed the wording to Rank Changes. Just unclick the boxes and you won't get notified of them.
So you are saying that @Stephanie V. 's comment on the previous thread is in error?
And, I've had that box checked for months, and I have NEVER received a notification except for that email that was sent in error.
I think the "rank" (formerly "level") notification checkboxes are irrelevant to you and me, Áine, because we're already at the highest it goes.
A large part of the confusion with that email that was sent out in error was that it was from the beta site's version of the Community, where (obviously) nobody participates and therefore everyone's at level/rank 1. It also explains why people (like me) who've opted out of those types of notifications still got the email: people haven't changed their notification settings on the beta version, so the mass email used the default settings, which are apparently "everything on".
The changes I recommend for the gamification setup:
Figure out and explain what actions or occurrences cause what change in points.
Consolidate all of the different types of "agree" back into a single thing. The ability to approve of a posting five different ways, with no corresponding ability to disapprove of anything (including the silent/invisible disablement of the downvote arrow on Ideas), makes the whole setup ...risible.
Fix the "visits" counter somehow so that it doesn't increment if I so much as read it twice. Or just get rid of it.
Properly integrate Groups with the rest of Community. Currently, the various upvotes there increment the counters, but do not show up in the listings.
And, speaking of counters, please don't round them off to "K". I mean, really, what's the point? (Yeah, sorrynotsorry.) "Here, we're gonna let people appreciate you, but we're not gonna tell you the numbers any more, 'cause it's four digits and we don't think you're intelligent enough to handle four-digit numbers"??
And, if our feedback on levels/rank/gamification is truly wanted, then there needs to be a proper post/announcement asking for same, rather than a later comment on a thread asking about the beta email.
What an awful concept this appears to be! I'll keep all the detail about Levels as hidden as I can for as long as I can. I believe we should come here in an attempt to help others, get help ourselves on issues that we need assistance with, and to offer constructive criticism regarding the future development of FamilySearch / Family Tree features.
@AnneLoForteWillson - you say:
Would they make more sense if we changed the titles of them? Like...instead of Level 1 it was called 'I'm New here' or 'Beginning Researcher' and Level 2 would actually be called 'I've asked a few questions' or 'Ancestor Hunter'
Please don't let anyone dream of doing this! I get annoyed enough by being told, "It looks like you're new here", just because I haven't got round to signing in to Community, so I would certainly not want to be "graded" based on the assumptions of a bot.