Rewards Update: Like Comments & Earn Points for Great Comments

Many of you have asked us to re-introduce Likes for comments. Since we have an awesome community of readers who craft the most amazing comments, we thought this might be a nice Christmas gift for all of you. From now on you can receive Likes for your comments. And with each Like you give, you gift a point to the respective commenter.

Along with an increase of really great comments, we also noticed a steep increase of comments that did not contribute to the conversation. We think these comments were made by people desperate to earn points to participate in our great Giveaways and earn Rewards. So in order to promote quality comments that add value and contribute to the conversation, we will no longer reward points for commenting itself.

How Does It Work?

To Like a comment, you must be logged in. And to be eligible to earn points for Likes, your comments must be posted while you are logged in. So essentially, to Like and benefit from Likes, you need an account with MakeUseOf, which is easy as you can use your existing social networking accounts.

Once you are logged in, you can like comments using the respective link in the bottom right of a comment. To indicate that your Like was accepted, the comment will blink briefly. The number of Likes is displayed in the top right below the date.

For now, the comment sorting won’t be affected by Likes. We are still working on this aspect of Likes, but are planning to display most liked comments on top. Respective changes will be implemented as soon as we have upgraded to the latest version of WordPress.

What Are Limitations?

There are several limitations.

  • You cannot Like your own comments.
  • There is a timeout between Likes.
  • We have imposed a limit on how many points each comment can earn, although there is no restriction on how many Likes a comment can receive.
  • If we catch someone gaming the system, we will have to reset their points.

To summarize:

  • Don’t try to Like your own comments.
  • Genuinely read and Like valuable comments.
  • Don’t game the system.

What Can I Do With Points I Have Earned?

Questions?

We know we cannot make everyone happy, but we would still love to hear all and any of your feedback.

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