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Problem

A person participating in a social structure expects to develop a reputation and hopes for insight into the reputations of others, but each designed model of participation and reputation embodies its own set of biases and incentive structures. Balancing these forces determines in large measure the success or failure of a social system.

The Competitive Spectrum
The designer needs to match the reputation system to the community's degree of competitiveness.

Named Levels
Participants in a community need some way to gauge their own personal development within that community.

Numbered Levels
Participants in a community need some way to gauge how far they've progressed within that community.

Identifying Labels
Community members need to identify distinguished members of the community.

Points
In some communities, participants want a tangible measurement of their accomplishments.

Collectible Achievements
Some participants in communities respond to opportunities to collect and display awards.

Ranking
In highly competitive communities, users may want to compare their performance against that of their peers.

Leaderboard
In highly competitive communities, users may want to know who are the very best performers in a category or overall.

Top X
Participants in some communities welcome the challenge of striving to enter the top tier of competitors.