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New Beer Karma System

Discussion in 'Announcements' started by Todd, May 17, 2014.

  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (1,410) Colorado Aug 23, 1996 Staff Member

    Today I'm also working on a new Beer Karma system in order to better acknowledge contributions from our members. It'll more or less replace, but still use portions of, the existing system.

    Beer Karma (BK)
    Is basically a milestone award system based on your contributions to the various sections of the site (your profile, Beers, Places, Events, Trading, etc.). When members are eligible (meet the criteria) for Beer Karma the system will award them on regular intervals based on the last time they were logged in. Once awarded, the member will get an Alert. Beer Karma may also assign Beer Karma Points (points).

    Once the new system is applied, we'll apply BK to all accounts. If you're active member, expect a slew of initial Alerts. You can also disable these Alerts under your Alert Preferences.

    We're working on over 100 BK items to kick things off based on existing member stats, but you can expect more member stats and BK to follow.

    Beer Karma Points (points)
    Currently exists as a simple point system. You contribute, you get a point. However, under the new system members will only be awarded points upon meeting a BK criteria. This should help take the "mystery" and "taboo" that has surrounded BK (read more) in the past, and at the same time make it more fun and interactive.

    Once the new system is applied, everyone's points will be reset. The point system will be lower, but relative to your current contributions. And as we add more BK to the system, many of you can expect more points.

    Core member stats will be untouched.

    What's Next?
    We plan to eventually extend this to the BeerAdvocate app, as well as other portions of the site, in order to provide a more rewarding and robust experience. But more on that later.

    I've got a bit more testing to do, but hope to roll this out within the next 24 hours.

    And thanks to @Mike and @Jason for their input.

    Cheers!
  2. Todd

    Todd Founder (1,410) Colorado Aug 23, 1996 Staff Member

    The new system is in place. For a list of BK + associated points:

    http://www.beeradvocate.com/community/help/trophies
    • We'll be adding more BK items; many more.
    • As I type, the update script is assigning BK + points. It's going to take a while, so thanks in advance for your patience.
    More updates to follow ...
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  3. Todd

    Todd Founder (1,410) Colorado Aug 23, 1996 Staff Member

    Updates:
    • The script was successfully run on all users last night, and a cron job is now running hourly that updates BK for members who've logged in within the last 24 hours.
    • If the criteria was met, you received an BK Alert. Many of you received a barrage of Alerts.
    • Everyone's points were adjusted. Again, while points have been lowered ... they've been lowered for ALL users to sync with the new system.
    Next: Create more BK items.
  4. Todd

    Todd Founder (1,410) Colorado Aug 23, 1996 Staff Member

    To make things easier ...
    • "Achievements" has been renamed to "Beer Karma" (BK).
    • And "Beer Karma Points" can be referred to that or simple "points."
    Flows better, like BK should.
  5. Todd

    Todd Founder (1,410) Colorado Aug 23, 1996 Staff Member

    • Added more BK. Up to 140 items now.
    • Had to delete and recreate "Add 250 Beers" due to a bug. So points were taken away, but they'll be issued to those who meet the updated criteria.
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  6. Todd

    Todd Founder (1,410) Colorado Aug 23, 1996 Staff Member

    Due to some changes, later tonight I'll be:
    • Rebuilding everyone's Message and Like counts for accuracy.
    • Purging all Alerts (they're temporary anyway).
    • Purging all Beer Karma that's been awarded.
    • Rebuilding Beer Karma + points, which will also force the Alerts again. Please be patient as the rebuild can take some time.
    This will ensure everything is as accurate as possible.
  7. Todd

    Todd Founder (1,410) Colorado Aug 23, 1996 Staff Member

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  8. Todd

    Todd Founder (1,410) Colorado Aug 23, 1996 Staff Member

    • Discovered and fixed another criteria bug.
    • Added "Stats" tab to member profile pages, as well as some quick links and links for help.
    • Running the script to rebuild everyone's BK again right now.
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  9. Todd

    Todd Founder (1,410) Colorado Aug 23, 1996 Staff Member

    The rebuild script is complete. Everyone's BK + points should now be in sync with the new system.

    I don't anticipate anymore rebuilds, and I don't want to do anymore rebuilds. o_O

    Time for another beer...
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  10. Todd

    Todd Founder (1,410) Colorado Aug 23, 1996 Staff Member

    Updates:
    • Added Beer Karma User Titles. Anyone who joined before February 2012 will remember these. They're almost the same. No icon. Just the title. It's displayed in most member views now.
    • New help page: Beer Karma, Explained
    Might tweak the styling, but check it out and wear your new titles with pride.

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