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Proposal: Gamification

As has been pointed out by Muz in the comments in this question about what went wrong, should we preselect some of the top questions to write up early answers? In the instance that we do move again to a private beta, this would give us a better opportunity to have quality answers to good questions within the time span.

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    I think it would be more productive to create a list of references and documents which can be used in answers to support claims. That would allow everybody to back their answers with some or the other source. – asheeshr Nov 14 '13 at 13:43
  • @AsheeshR That could be an answer instead of a comment. A lot of the best answers on any SE site is backed with references. Do note that both game design and gamification are hardly a decade old academically so there's not a lot of published research, but it's still enough for a lot of questions. But people do need more time to look for answers. I'd personally rather not pre-prepare answers because it would be incredibly disappointing if it never makes it to beta again or if the site gets suddenly shut down again. If I put in 4 hours into an answer, I want people to read it. – Muz Nov 17 '13 at 8:14
  • @Muz - That is my point. As good answers take time to prepare, it might be beneficial to prepare answers to questions we know that would be tops on the beta, and then we would have more time to devote to new questions that deserve the same treatment. – JohnP Nov 18 '13 at 0:07
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I think it would be more productive to create a list of references and documents which can be used in answers to support claims. One of the issues with most answers last time was that they seemed to be speculation and opinions rather than grounded in any sort of background, fact or data.

Pre-preparing answers could turn out to be counter productive unless you are sure of the exact body of the question, or the answer is to your own question. The example questions are just one-liners. The body of the question is what will actually define them.

  • I have a treasure trove of resources available; books, videos, web resources, medical/research papers... As I am researching the topic for my thesis I would be willing to share all I have discovered; both pro and con on the topic of game-play as incentive. Should we move to beta, and if the community approves it, I will supply a list of resources for "additional information" as a wiki post – Phlume Jan 5 '15 at 17:05

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