Star System Update”It’s working!

Folks have been asking me if the Star System we created in Blogsmith is working, in a word:

oh-my-God-like-nothing-I’ve-ever-seen-yes!!!

It’s done two things:

1. It’s highlighted the most intelligent contributors on the site.

2. It’s reward those smart folks with thousands”tens of thousands”of pageviews each. Not to mention Google Juice since

our sites are ranked high in most cases.

For those of you who don’t know what it is, we give on Blogsmith (our in-house blog software platform) users a “star”

every time they post something good. Not every comment gets a star, but some do. We then put the top 20 folks getting

stars into the 3rd column of ever single page on the site. We also allow folks to link to their site”a HUGE benefit.

They give us good comments, we give them star, if the stars get them into the top 20 they get a ton of free traffic.

Seems fair to me.

Take a look at the last 30 days of Cinematical and you’ll see that we’ve got a number of folks posting one to three

times”A DAY!

Now, our largest sites (Autoblog, Engadget, HackADay, Joystiq, BloggingBaby, Luxist, etc) are not on Blogsmith yet,

but when that are look out. It will show that some folks are commenting 5-10 times A DAY!

Some stats below for Cinematical, TVSquad, Divester and TUAW. I wish the TUAW folks would start giving out more

stars!!!

I’m thinking maybe we should just pay the top 20 folks $1 for each star they get. That would be $65 for the top 20

TUAW folks and $187 for Cinematical.

I think that would be worth it. Pain in the neck to implement something like that (i.e. taxes, 10-99s for readers,

etc), but might be worth it.

Cinematical CONTRIBUTORS (comments)

# Contributor Stars Cmts
1 Man 24 80
2 Ash 23 149
3 Treadwell 20 58
4 zander106 13 39
5 Sean McCarthy 11 49
6 TDavid 11 34
7 Cel 10 37
8 Tyler J. Smith 9 68
9 Ben 9 44
10 mick du russel 8 133
11 truthseeker 8 127
12 Sundroid 6 15
13 Scott Weinberg 5 21
14 Joe Swanberg 5 11
15 Ron Mwangaguh 5 10
16 Emily Merkle 4 25
17 phantomprophet 4 18
18 Chris 4 10
19 Brett 4 5
20 Jette 4 5

TV Squad CONTRIBUTORS

# Contributor Stars Cmts
1 Man 31 158
2 B 26 121
3 hdtv forum 25 61
4 Underdog 15 56
5 Emily 12 62
6 Tgunk 10 82
7 Dave 9 45
8 Vince 8 104
9 Duane Morin 6 49
10 R-Bro 6 40
11 Ed 6 17
12 Chris 5 42
13 Guido 5 32
14 Malfoy Roark 5 7
15 ooda 4 30
16 wendell 4 27
17 Brian 4 17
18 Roy Bernard 4 2
19 Mark Rabinowitz 3 29
20 Loren Javier 3 17

More after the jump…

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